“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight” (v10). The process of gaining wisdom (seeing what is good and choosing it) is life-long, and the proverbs say that it begins with fearing God. When we acknowledge God as the One who knows everything and loves us, we look to Him for guidance and listen to His voice. As we obey Him, we begin to “walk in insight” and “increase in learning” (v6-9).
God loves us, and so He warns us against choices that lead to death (v18). He calls us to the “bread and wine” (v5), the good gifts, of obedience.