My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: "O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!"

03 August 2005


A great little commentary on Proverbs by Derek Kidner has some great introductory material. One of the chapters covers the subject of wisdom and I thought you'd be interested in the different words Proverbs uses for wisdom:

1. Instruction: Often used in conjunction with correction. "The two terms together can be summed up as discipline; they give the reminder that wisdom is not to be had through extra-mural study: it is for disciples only."

2. Understanding/Insight: Captures the idea of discerning between two things, usually good and evil, righteous and wicked.

3. Wise dealing: "good sense, practical wisdom, savoir-faire...Its supreme expression is in the unworldly triumph of the Servant of the Lord (Isa. 52:13)."

4. Shrewdness & Discretion: the power of forming plans. "...the godly man is in the best sense a man of affairs, who takes the trouble to know his way about, and plan his course realistically...he knows the ropes."

One of the ways I've tried to view Proverbs is as the promises God has made to Himself concerning those being conformed to the image of Jesus. This is the wisdom He has planned for me, even me! A great thought and some good, specific ways to pray for wisdom (James 1:5).


Robbie said...

i was at my girlfriends parents 25th wedding anniversary and lo and behold this couple i was sitting to.. knows your family.. from dayton and now they are moving to tennessee.. the oroarks... my girlfriends family goes on vacation with them every summer to hilton head... and i thought.. wow small world...

take care

Anonymous said...

Helpful definitions--really expand the idea of wisdom. So thankful for the wise husband the Lord has given me.


Jared said...

Robbie - yeah, the oroarks are good friends of the family. They were quite hospitable to us while we were in seminary.

Tamara said...

Hmmm if I wrote a Christian book about wisdom I think I would focus on an important key factor......Wisdom is figuratively referred to as a female in Proverbs. :)

Jared said...

Tamara - good note. It goes along with the book being addressed to the young men. There's a powerful idea there of being attracted to and courting woman wisdom (instead of woman folly). The two women are compared most clearly in chapter 9.