SER. VII.] FOOLISH TO GET WISDOM. 137
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of
the Lord, that is wisdom ; and to depart
from evil is understanding."1 Thus we
perceive that the revelation God made
to man in the beginning, in which con¬
sists his highest wisdom, is, " tlie fear of
There is a servile dread of God, arising
from a sense of guilt and the awful desert
of sin, which sometimes so harasses the
impenitent, as to cause them to agonize
under awful forebodings of coming wrath.
But the principle referred to in the text,
is a holy, reverential fear of offending
the Divine Majesty, and a tender concern
to please him in all our walks and ways.
It includes the whole of practical obedi¬
ence to the commands of God. Good
old " Noah moved with" this holy "fear,"
when in prompt obedience to the com¬
mand of his Maker, he " prepjared an ark
to the saving of his 7wuse."2 This holy
» Job xxviii., 12-28. a Heb. xi., 7.