Topic: Wisdom

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding; For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Proverbs 3:13-16

Wisdom (Heb. chokmah)  Proverbs 3:13; 1 Kin. 4:29

The word chokmah also means “skill” and can refer to ability in craftsmanship (Ex. 31:6).  In war (Is. 10:13),  and in trade (Ezek. 28:4, 5).  The most common use of chokmah is in reference to wisdom in daily living.  This is the sense of the word as it is used throughout Proverbs, which teaches that true wisdom involves not only intelligence but also moral integrity (8:7-9).  Because a sinful lifestyle is ultimately self-destructive, wisdom is extolled as the only path to a full and fruitful life (3:13-26).  The source of wisdom is God, who by wisdom, founded the earth (3:19), numbered the clouds (Job 38:37), and made the world (Jer. 10:12).  He alone can provide men and women with the wisdom to live righteously (2:6; Job 11:6).

Source: Strong’s #2451

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