Daily Proverb: Wisdom, Friend or Foe?

12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have insight, I have power.

~ Pr 8:12-14 (NIV)

This chapter of Proverbs personifies Wisdom.  This section points out the friends and foes of Wisdom.

Wisdom is roommates with prudence.  Obviously, it is important for those who dwell together to have a mutually gratifying relationship and get along well with one another.  “Prudence” comes from ‘ormah, Strong’s H6195, which means “shrewdness, craftiness, prudence”.  It is sometimes rendered “wisdom”, but it is much more subtle.  It is a stealthy type of discretion, such as you would use in chess or war.

Notice what opposes, wisdom, though.  Pride and, especially, arrogance are enemies of wisdom.  Evil behavior and speech are also part of the opposition.  When you keep these around, wisdom and prudence will eventually leave altogether.

Wisdom is not alone.  She also owns counsel and sound judgment.  She says that they are “mine”.  They are her servants, and they do nothing without her approval.   Not only that, but Wisdom owns the tools of insight and power.

Do you want discernment?  I hope so.  I have written before that it could be considered a fruit of the Spirit.  It is a synonym for insight.

Do you want power?  I don’t mean in a power-mad, power hungry type of way, but rather wouldn’t you like to make a difference?  Wouldn’t you like to “leave your mark”?  How about the power to help others?  After all, that last one will be our main duties in the Millennium.  Wisdom is the pathway to that goal.