What is wisdom?
Wisdom is the realization of knowledge resulting to the discretion or sound judgment of all things. It can be heard when someone speaks it, read when someone writes it, or seen when someone shows it. Wisdom is different from knowledge: for knowledge is to know, while wisdom is to realize what you know and judge accordingly. Although all wisdom may sound and look great, not all wisdom is right and true. To enlighten our minds and hearts with the divine meaning of wisdom, let us read what the Holy Scriptures says about it.
The wisdom of God is introduced in the Book of Proverbs.
“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power. By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just; by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.
Wisdom can be spiritual or unspiritual. It can be earthly or heavenly. Wisdom may come from God, men or may come from evil.
But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
1 Corinthians 2:5-7
“so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.
The Holy Scripture tells that the Wisdom of God already existed even before the beginning of the world.
“The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world. I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.
Wisdom is the opposite of folly.
“ I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness.”
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
The wisdom of God is superior. The wisdom of men can be destroyed by God.
1 Corinthians 1:19-21
For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
1 Corinthians 1:25
For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
The wisdom of God is supreme.
Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
God’s wisdom protects and watches a person who has it and loves it.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.
It brings joy, honor, grace and brilliance.
Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor.”
Wisdom gives power and preserves the life of the one who has it.
Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.
Wisdom makes one wise man more powerful than ten rulers in a city.
It does justice.
1 Kings 3:28
When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.
I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
Wisdom has a spirit.
Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the LORD had commanded Moses.
Wisdom can be transferred and given to someone.
1 Kings 4:29
God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.
1 Kings 5:12
The LORD gave Solomon wisdom, just as he had promised him. There were peaceful relations between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty.
1 Corinthians 12:8
To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit
2 Peter 3:15
Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.
Wisdom can be spoken.
The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.
Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia. These men began to argue with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.
My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding.
Wisdom can be seen through actions.
By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
1 Kings 10:4
When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built,
Wisdom goes to the heart.
1 Kings 10:24
The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.
For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known
Wisdom teaches people and can be taught to people.
1 Corinthians 2:13
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
But if not, then listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”
Our Lord Christ is God’s wisdom.
1 Corinthians 1:24
“but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
1 Corinthians 1:30
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
We can learn and get wisdom from the Holy Scriptures, which we need for salvation through faith in Christ.
2 Timothy 3:15
“and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Wisdom bears works done in humility. Wisdom arises from humility.
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
True wisdom is found and starts from the fear of the Lord.
“But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? Man does not comprehend its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living. The deep says, ‘It is not in me’; the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
And he said to man, ‘The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.’ “
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Wisdom is priceless and valuable than gold and precious stones.
It cannot be bought with the finest gold, nor can its price be weighed in silver. It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir, with precious onyx or sapphires. Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it, nor can it be had for jewels of gold. Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies. The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it; it cannot be bought with pure gold.
Wisdom will guide us in the end of days.
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.
“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits.
Wisdom calls us.
Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares;
“Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?