Wisdom in the Bible

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The quality of being wise. Knowledge, and the capacity to make due use of it. (Webster’s Dictionary)

Study of the word ‘wisdom’

Today I spent some time researching the word wisdom in the Bible. I made some interesting discoveries. I found out that wisdom comes from God as a skill. It is a gift of God. Craftsmen who made garments for Aaron and his sons were filled with the spirit of wisdom (Ex.28:3) Similarly Bezaleel and Aholiab. (Ex.31:1-6)

Secondly, I found out that you really have to look for wisdom more than for anything in this world. The Book of Proverbs exalts wisdom and contrasts it with foolishness.

And thirdly, I found out that though it is a gift of God whether natural (as a skill) or supernatural (as ability to understand the Bible) one can grow in it as Jesus did grew in wisdom and stature. (Lk.2:52) What shocked me is the fact that Jesus even grew in favor with God and men. Somehow I thought that Jesus would be constantly in maximum favour in God’s sight regardless of his age.

Wise men:

a) Need wisdom and for that purpose they listen and increase learning

b) Understand that true wisdom is in fear of God and keeping His commandments

c) Need wisdom to understand  proverbs (wise sayings),interpretation and dark (difficult) sayings

d) Get wisdom from God to understand righteousness, judgment and equity

e) Need wisdom to remember mercy and truth, trust in the Lord, lean not on their own understanding, acknowledge God in all their ways, be not conceited and proud, depart from evil and honour God by giving generously.

f) They get wisdom and forget it not

g) They seek it early and find it.

h) They are kept by wisdom.

i) Understand that wisdom from God brings true spiritual prosperity, spiritual fruit, spiritual heritage and spiritual fulness

j) They admire and follow after wisdom personified, described in Pr.8:34-36

k) They are watching daily at her gates, waiting at the posts of her door.

l) They understand that in its fullest sense only Jesus Christ can be their wisdom from God, for to find wisdom is to find life and to find life is to find Jesus Christ for he is what he says He is: “…the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (Jn.14:6)

m) If they are kings, rulers or nobles they rule by wisdom.

I also checked out how Apostle James sees wisdom and found that it is truly impossible to have wisdom if you do not control your tongue. Good governing, mastery of bridling of the tongue is the sure way to both godliness and true wisdom.

I liked how Apostle James defines heavenly wisdom comparing it with the worldly wisdom:

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

The thing that I didn’t like was that ESV translated “easy to be intreated” as  “open to reason”. I checked Blueletterbible and it says that there are 2 possible meaning of this “easy to be intreated” (Gr. eupeitheis) 1) easily obeying and 2) compliant. I understand that all those are similar phrases, but for me eupeitheis is more like obedient, compliant and not just “open to reason”. For example: My son many occasions will be “open to reason”, but rarely do I see him “easily obeying”, “compliant”.

Next thing that I didn’t like was that Blueletterbible said that adiakritos (without partiality) is translated in Strong’s dictionary as 1) undistinguished, unintelligible 2) without dubiousness, ambiguity or uncertainty when all the James 3 context says that it is about partiality? All right, I am not a Greek expert, so maybe I just have to be silent, peaceable, gentle and easily entreated.

May God bless you and give you His wisdom unto salvation through Jesus Christ!