Duke Ching went out hunting one day and saw a tiger on the mountain. Going down from the mountain to a lake he caught
sight of a snake. Upon returning home, he went to Yen-Tzu and related what he saw. He asked: “Is that considered a bad
omen?” Yen Tzu replied: “The … More
We find here the characteristics of wisdom that can become ours (vv. 12-21). It enables a person to have good old fashioned common sense and be able to give wise counsel. The author states that wisdom [from God], makes prudence his dwelling place (v. 12). Prudence is right knowledge for special times which if understood, can do much to better a man’s position in human affairs.
If you respect the Lord, you will hate evil, pride, arrogance and deceitful lies (v. 13). This person is strong and offers sensible advice and sound judgment (v. 14). It is through Him that kings and rulers make laws that are fair (v. 15). Every honest leader rules with His help (v. 16).
The benefits of seeking prudence are many. He says that He loves everyone who loves Him and can be found by those who honestly search for Him (v. 17). Those who are wise receive riches, honor and enduring wealth (v. 18). These riches are genuine and not artificial substitutes purchased with silver or gold (v. 19). “Prosperity” is literally righteous living which is a product of one’s walk (v. 20). He says that He will always do what is right, and give great riches to everyone who loves Him. However, prudence is only available to those who love Him and seek Him (v. 21).
It is my desire to make prudence my dwelling place. That is why I want to love and seek Him.
"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just; by me princes rule, and nobles, all who govern justly. I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice, granting an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries."
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