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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Proverbs Concerning: Our Relationship To Wisdom/Understanding:  Prov 3:13-14 

Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisdom, and the man [that] getteth understanding.  For the merchandise of it [is] better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

INTRODUCTION:

We now continue by looking at several proverbs that address the proper relationship we should have towards the blessings of wisdom and understanding.

EXPOSITION:

13) Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisdom, and the man [that] getteth understanding.
Keep in mind..
1.  Wisdom is the exercised when God’s Word is applied to our day to day life.
2.  Understanding is discernment and insight into the principles of God’s Word.
In this text, the Hebrew word translated “happy” means “to be blessed”.  This explains why those who possess wisdom and  understanding are happy people… they have received these two wonderful, undeserved blessings from Almighty God.

This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it [seemed] great unto me:  [There was] a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:  Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.  Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom [is] despised, and his words are not heard.  The words of wise [men are] heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.  Wisdom [is] better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.”   (Ecclesiastes 9:13-18)

14) For the merchandise of it [is] better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
The great value of the blessings of wisdom and understanding are addressed in this proverb.  Their value is ….
1.  greater than the profits made from the selling of fine silver.
2.  greater than the revenue received from the sale of fine gold.

“But where shall wisdom be found? and where [is] the place of understanding?   Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.  The depth saith, It [is] not in me: and the sea saith, [It is] not with me.  It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed [for] the price thereof.  It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.  The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it [shall not be for] jewels of fine gold.  No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom [is] above rubies.  The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.”  (Job 28:12-19)

SUMMARY:

We should highly value the precious gifts of wisdom and understanding.   They are undeserved blessings that enable us to live lives pleasing to our Lord.  Their value to us cannot be overestimated.  Let us all live happy lives in appreciation for these wonderful blessings that God Almighty has given to us.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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7 Comments

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    The previous value of Godly wisdom and truth

  2. jennyelaine says:

    “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” When we can get to the point of realizing that God is actually God and not a carnal man, we will begin to accept the wisdom that comes from God. We are so used to doing things a certain way that we figure God thinks like we do…but His ways are not our ways…so our mind thinks something like, well, His ways are not completely like ours, so they are a little bit. No, if the bible says they are not our ways, then they are not….which is why we make excuses for not fully doing many of the things that Christ said and commanded because they don’t sound reasonable to our carnal mind. Well, of course His ways are not gonna be acceptable to our carnal minds. The carnal mind is always against and opposite to God’s ways. (Gal. 5:16-26) This is why we have to begin renewing our mind to come inline with the way God thinks.

    Bless you!!

  3. Debbie says:

    You have us praising Him for wisdom and understanding today! Thank you and God bless you!

  4. For so many, myself included it seems that wisdom does come with age and or experience of life….Diane

  5. Praise God for His gift of wisdom and understanding – gifts that are unknown to those who do not know Him.

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