(Proverbs 1:4 KJV) To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
I like the lesson in the KJV here. It tells us that Wisdom will “give” (5414) “subtilty” (6195) rather than “prudence” as the NASB has it. Both translations are satisfactory but I like the nuance that the KJV gives us. Prudence speaks of care and righteous priorities. Subtle reminds us that sometimes it is hard to thread the needle in the tapestry of life.
Face it, life is not all a matter of black and white. Much is in shades of gray and requires a bit of discernment. If we reject totally everything that even touches corruption or selfishness then we make it almost impossible to live in our world. For a long time my grandmother would refuse to shop at a grocery store that sold liquor. That was workable in a world where most stores avoided it. What do you do when every store sells liquor? At present I am boycotting certain stores and products because of their support or the abortion industry or the homosexual agenda. What do I do when all stores are on board?
So? Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes we need to make hard choices. With the Wisdom God offers we are in a better position to make those decisions.