How does a Man Become Wise ? Proverbs 1:7-9 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools [a] despise wisdom and discipline. Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom Warning Against Enticement 8 Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. 9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. Footnotes: Proverbs 1:7 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Proverbs, and often elsewhere in the Old Testament, denote one who is morally deficient. Many people who are not Christians think of themselves as wise because of all the education and schooling they have had and i am not knocking education , but they puff themselves up to think they are better than others. Where as we who have asked for Wisdom from God have received far greater knowledge because it comes from the Holy Spirit . How does a man become wise ? Ask God for wisdom .