(Pro 8:21 KJV) That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
I don’t know if they did it on purpose but the KJV seems to get the depth of this verse better than the NASB. Where the NASB has “wealth” (3426) the KJV has “substance”. They are the same in Hebrew. In Proverbs the most frequent way of translating it in the KJV is “there is”. The definition has the idea of existence and nothing about wealth. This tells me that the promise of wisdom is not material as much an a contribution to our inner being, our substance.
There are promises that seem to imply wisdom brings financial success. That is fine but financial success becomes destructive unless it is managed by an inner strength that comes from wisdom. That is one of the reasons you can give two people the same opportunities and rewards and one will be a pillar of the community while the other is in all kinds of courts, bankruptcy, divorce, traffic, civil, criminal.
So? Seek wisdom and allow it to do its miracle of grace on your inner being. It will make a difference.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
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