An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wisdom Nuanced

(Proverbs 12:8 KJV)  A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

If you are reading the KJV you will notice that this verse talks about “wisdom” (7922) while the NASB uses “insight”.  I point this out because this is not the most common Hebrew word for “wisdom” in Proverbs but it is what might be called a “nuance word”, it gives us some understanding of what wisdom is.

Here the definition involves insight and prudence.  It almost seems to be emphasizing the practical aspect of wisdom.  It is something that can be applied and used.  The words from this wisdom actually mean something and help.  Often when I read fantasy or any genre that deals with the world of magic and the occult, wisdom is vague and mysterious.  It is held in awe but does nothing but confuse.  This points out the rubber meets the road aspect of real wisdom.

So?  What the Bible teaches us is useful for what we do in our everyday lives.
(2 Timothy 3:16 KJV)  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
It isn’t a tool for impressing people.  It is a tool for guidance.  And again I remind you that the tool is useless to you if it isn’t in your tool chest.


Gorges Smythe said...

Your last sentence reminds me of a quote that I saw recently that said, "We're drowning in a sea of information while starving for wisdom."

Pumice said...

I wish I had written it.

Grace and peace