In Proverbs 4 the writer urges the next generation to treat wisdom with the utmost respect. As a caring parent shares advice with their children, because they desire the best for them, so the author wants the readers to live a blessed life by listening to God-fearing wisdom.
We are not told if the ‘parent’ in these verses has learnt these lessons the hardway, but there is every likelihood that this is true. Sometimes wise advice is most profound when it comes from our own school of broken dreams and real failures.
“Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.
Love her, and she will guard you.
Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do!
And whatever else you do, get good judgement.
If you prize wisdom, she will exalt you.
Embrace her and she will honour you.
She will place a lovely wreath around your head;
She will present you with a beautiful crown.” – Proverbs 4:6-9
Charles Spurgeon - "Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom."
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