Prov. 1:7 The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge…
15:16 Better is a little with the fear of Jehovah than great treasure and turmoil with it.
Isa. 11:2 And the Spirit of Jehovah will rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of Jehovah.
The first principle of human conduct is fearing the Lord (Prov. 1:7, 29; 2:5; 3:7; 8:13; 9:10). We may do many things, but we must not offend the Lord. Fearing the Lord is not merely to fear that we have sinned or are worldly but to fear that what we are doing is out of ourselves, not out of the Lord.
Proverbs almost always refers to God as Jehovah—the word God is used in only a few places—because God today is the God who has a relationship with man. In Proverbs Jehovah is man’s wisdom. We do not know how to deal with people and things, but we can depend on God. (CWWL, 1956, vol. 1, p. 501)
The branching out of Jehovah is altogether a matter of the Spirit. Christ was born of the Spirit (Matt. 1:18, 20; Luke 1:35); that is, He was constituted of the Spirit as His divine essence….The Spirit was with Him all the time and was one with Him (Luke 4:1, 14; 10:21; John 1:32; Matt. 12:28). He walked by the Spirit and lived a life in, with, by, and through the Spirit. (Isa. 11:2, footnote 1)
The first principle for man to live a proper human life is revering God. We should not only worship God but also revere Him. To revere God is to consider and regard Him in everything, never forgetting that He is the wonderful God who has created us. When we are about to lose our temper, we should revere God. Revering God stops us from doing evil. Revering God also causes us to be touched by the sufferings of others and to show mercy and compassion to them.
Even though I was born into Christianity, before I believed in the Lord Jesus I never revered God. But from the day I got saved, I began to revere God. In everything I respected and regarded God. That caused a great change in my life.
To revere God is to fear God. The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Prov. 1:7; 9:10; 15:33a). Knowledge, wisdom, and understanding come from God. If we fear Him, revering Him, these will be our possession. If we seek wisdom like silver and search for her like hidden treasures, then we will understand the fear of Jehovah and find the knowledge of God (2:4-5). The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil (8:13). The fear of Jehovah prolongs days, but the years of the wicked will be shortened (10:27). He who walks in his uprightness fears Jehovah, but he who is perverse in his ways despises Him (14:2). In the fear of Jehovah is strong confidence, and his children will have a place of refuge. The fear of Jehovah is a fountain of life, that one may turn aside from the snares of death (vv. 26-27). Better is a little with the fear of Jehovah, than great treasure and turmoil with it (15:16). If we are rich in the fear of Jehovah, we will have peace. (Life-study of Proverbs, pp. 7-8)
Isaiah prophesied that the Spirit of Jehovah—the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of understanding, the Spirit of counsel, the Spirit of might, the Spirit of knowledge, and the Spirit of the fear of Jehovah—would rest upon Christ (Isa. 11:2). In the human living of Jesus, the branch of Jesse, people saw the Spirit of God with all these attributes. He was full of the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and the fear of Jehovah. No human being has ever feared God as much as Jesus did. (CWWL, 1994-1997, vol. 5, “Crystallization-study of the Humanity of Christ,” p. 378)
Further Reading: Life-study of Proverbs, msg. 2; CWWL, 1990, vol. 1, “The Triune God to Be Life to the Tripartite Man,” ch. 14; CWWL, 1961-1962, vol. 4, “The All-inclusive Christ,” ch. 11