Proverbs 8:12 CJB “I, wisdom, live together with caution; I attain knowledge and discretion.
- the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.
- the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.
- the body of knowledge and principles that develops within a specified society or period.
- having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or/& discretion.
- characterized by or showing such power; judicious or prudent
- having knowledge or information as to facts, circumstances, etc.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Job 28:28 And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.’
Ecclesiasticus 4:11 TJB~ Wisdom brings up her own sons, and cares for those who seek her.
Wisdom here is personified, as in
Proverbs 8:12-21 ‘I, Wisdom, dwell with discretion, the inventor of lucidity of thought (to see things clearly; rationality).
Good advice and sound judgment belong to me, perception to me, strength to me.
(To fear Yahweh is to hate evil.)
I hate pride and arrogance, wicked behavior and a lying mouth.
I love those who love me’ those who seek me eagerly shall find me.
By me monarchs rule and princes issue just laws;
by me rulers govern, and the great impose justice on the world.
With me are riches and honor lasting wealth and justice.
The fruit I give is better than gold, even the finest,
the return I make is better than pure silver.
I walk in the way of virtue, in the paths of justice,
enriching those who love me, filling their treasures.
Her ‘sons’ are those who pursue wisdom and put it into practice.
Luke 7:35 But wisdom is justified by all her children.” Exodus 31:3 NKJ And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
Ecclesiasticus 4:12- 6:5 Whoever loves her loves life, those who wait on her early will be filled with happiness.
Whoever holds her close will inherit honor, and wherever he walks the Lord will bless him.
Those who serve her minister to the Holy One, and the Lord loves those who love her.
Whoever obeys her judges aright, and whoever pays attention to her dwells secure.
If he trusts himself to her he will inherit her, and his descendants will remain in possession of her;
for though she takes him at first through winding ways, bringing fear and faintness on him,
plaguing him with her discipline until she can trust him, and testing him with her ordeals,
in the end she will lead him back to the straight road and gladden him, and reveal her secrets to him.
If he wanders away she will abandon him, and hand him over to his fate.
My son, bide your time and be on your guard against evil,
and have no cause to be ashamed of yourself; for there is a shame that leads to sin,
as well as a shame that is honorable and gracious.
Do not show partiality, to your own detriment, or deference, to your own downfall.
Do not refrain from speech at an opportune time, and do not hide your wisdom;
for wisdom shall be recognized in speech, and instruction by what the tongue utters.
Do not contradict the truth, rather blush for you own ignorance.
Do not be ashamed to confess your sins, do not strive against the current of a river.
Do not disguise yourself in pretense but be true to God.
Do not grovel to a foolish man, do not show partiality to a man of influence.
Fight to the death for truth, and the Lord God will war on your side.
Do not be bold of tongue, yet idle and slack in deed;
do not be like a lion at home, or a coward before your servants.
Do not let your hands be outstretched to receive,
yet closed when the time comes to give back.
Do not give your heart to your money,
or say, ‘With this I am self-sufficient’.
Do not be led by your appetites and energy to follow the passions of your heart.
And do not say, “Who has authority over me?’ Like the ‘fool’ who denies God’s providence, (cf Psalm 53:1).
for the Lord will certainly be avenged on you.
Do not say, ‘I sinned, and what happened to me?” The sceptic defies divine justice.
for the Lord’s forbearance is long.
Do not be so sure of forgiveness that you add sin to sin.
And do not say, ‘His compassion is great, He will forgive me my many sins’;
for with Him are both mercy and wrath, and His rage bears heavy on sinners.
Do not delay your return to the Lord, do not put it off day after day;
for suddenly the Lord’s wrath will blaze out, and at the time of vengeance you will be utterly destroyed.
Do not set your heart on ill-gotten gains, they will be of no use to you on the day of disaster.
Do not winnow in every wind, or walk along every by-way (such is the practice of the deceitful sinner).
Be steady in your convictions, sincere in your speech.
Be quick to listen, and deliberate in giving an answer.
If you understand the matter, give your neighbor an answer, if not, put your hand over your mouth.
Both honor and disgrace come from talking, a man’s tongue can cause his downfall.
Do not get a name for scandal-mongering, do not set traps with your tongue; for as shame lies in store for the thief, so harsh condemnation awaits the deceitful.
Avoid offences in great as in small matters, and do not become an enemy where you should stay a friend;
for a bad name will earn you shame and reproach, as happens to the deceitful sinner.
Do not give in to the promptings of your temper, in case it gores your soul like a mad bull;
in case it gobbles up your leaves and you lose your fruits, and are left like a withered tree.
An evil temper destroys the man who has it and makes him the laughing-stock of his enemies.
A kindly turn of speech multiplies a man’s friends,
and a courteous way of speaking invites many a friendly reply.
Proverbs 2:2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding;
Pr 3:13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding;
James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Wisdom directs you to God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ. Therefore acquiring wisdom “the fear of the Lord”, the acknowledgement of Who He Is, walking in His ways will give you His Spirit to continue to walk and to face the challenges ahead with humility of heart, power to overcome, perseverance and love, not to lose heart but carry on in prayer and reverence.
Revelation 5:12 [all of heaven] saying with a loud voice:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
Revelation 5:13 [heaven and earth proclaim] “Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” Amen.
Ephesians 1:17 [T]hat the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
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