What is the beginning of wisdom?

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

― Socrates

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

― Aristotle

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Proverbs 9:10

Here are 3 words about wisdom that seem to contradict each other. However in some ways they are all wise words. I agree with Socrates that the more you know and the wiser you are, the more willing you are to learn and the more you are aware that what you know is nothing compare to what is available to know or learn. Only a fool thinks he knows all there is to know (or even a good portion of what there is to know). On the other hand however, it is wisdom to helps you know your weaknesses and you lack of knowledge and your frailty. Although I would not repeat Aristotle on this, I can learn from him that knowing your lack of knowledge is the beginning of wisdom and take note that it is just the beginning. Knowing God, knowing the plans of God, knowing that we are at the mercy of God, knowing that we need to get instructions from God, that we need to be directed by God is indeed wisdom. How to hear from God and the will to obey God are subject for another discussion. Let’s not keep trying to know ourselves by looking at ourselves, look to God (perfection, Holiness, love) and like a mirror we get the added privilege of seeing ourselves first and then with more intentionality we begin to know God!