“I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.” Proverbs 8:12-14 (KJB)
In reading Proverbs 7 – 9 this morning I thought of the joining together of wisdom and prudence. I am not sure that they can be separated one from the other; but if they can it would be chaos.
Chapters 8 and 9 of Proverbs personify wisdom. We can in all practicality see Wisdom as God Himself, because He is the Person of wisdom. We need wisdom, the wisdom of God with prudence. Now, prudence is “discretion”, it even means wilily, or we could use the word “foxy” or “like a fox”. Some of you might frown on this definition but even Jesus told His disciples,
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16
Of course that is to be in the godly wise sort of way.
A few years ago I wrote in a study of these verses;
Justice is found through Wisdom. Remember the wisdom of Solomon when he took a sword, and would divide the child, due to the dispute between two mothers (1 Kings 3:16-28). To the erring mind that judgment would seem harsh; however there was prudence, discretion, subtilty, in that judgment.
You could also use that event to show that wisdom “find’s out knowledge of witty inventions”.
Wisdom hates what God hates; loves what God loves. Here in verse 13 we see some of what God hates again, through Wisdom – Pride, arrogance, evil paths, and a froward mouth. The “froward mouth” is a perverse mouth. You ever hear someone that when they speak all that comes out of their mouth is rot, stink and filth. That is not just dealing with vulgarity of language, but assassination of anothers life and character, gossip – whether it is from a bitter heart or not.
True and good “counsel” belongs to Wisdom (v. 14). Leadership of sponsored by Wisdom is a leadership fo Justice. The Judge of all promises riches and righteousness, and will fill the treasures of those who follow Wisdom.
Pure and true wisdom begins with receiving God’s wondrous grace shown in public display of the brutal trial, beating, and death on the cross of His Son Jesus. In that death alone is their redemption for all of Adam kind. He was buried, and He rose from the grave, and one day He is returning. Be wise and heed His word.