Eight Words for Wisdom

On a personal note, I’ve been out of action for the past three days with some family in town. I love blogging, but there are times when I just don’t have a lot of time to get to it. Yet I always want you, the reader, to have something worth chewing on here at Messianic Jewish Musings. Here are some notes I made on the concept of wisdom in Proverbs. I’ll be back soon with more musings. Thanks for reading.
Proverbs 1:2-5

For KNOWLEDGE of WISDOM and INSTRUCTION, understand words of DISCERNMENT, receive instruction in WISE DEALING, righteousness, justice, and equity; that SHREWDNESS may be given to the simple, KNOWLEDGE and DELIBERATION to the youth — the wise man also may hear and increase in LEARNING, and the man of understanding acquire counsel.

KNOWLEDGE (da’at)–Knowledge obtained through observation and learning from real life examples. Reading scripture is also a way to acquire knowledge.

WISDOM (khokhma)–a general word for skill at life. The craftsmen who worked on the tabernacle worked with skill, using the same Hebrew word. We can be craftsmen or skilled experts at life’s ups and downs.

INSTRUCTION (moosar)–can come from being disciplined or being trained. Learning from the pain of mistakes is a kind of instruction. Parental discipline is also a kind of instruction. But the best way is to learn from teaching so the pain and discipline won’t be necessary.

DISCERNMENT (beenah)– is related to the word for Between. To discern is to see the difference between A and B. This is another facet to Wisdom, learning to tell the difference between things: goodness and evil, love and selfishness, wisdom and folly.

WISE DEALING (seikhel)–a word that focuses on action. WISE DEALING is about living wisely, not just knowing Wisdom.

SHREWDNESS (ormah)–is also craftiness. This is what the Serpent had in the Garden of Eden. This is the word Yeshua used when he said, “Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” In the negative sense, this is cunning that plans evil. Yet the Wise and Righteous also need SHREWDNESS to combat evil.

DELIBERATION (mezeemah)–is being able to concoct a plan. In the good sense, it is the best plan of action to achieve a goal. In the negative sense it is scheming.

LEARNING (leikakh)–a word for Wisdom emphasizing how it is acquired. Don’t think that Wisdom comes naturally. It is acquired and that takes work and purpose. Wise people get that way by observation and by reading the observations of others.


About Derek Leman

IT guy working in the associations industry. Formerly a congregational rabbi. Dad of 8. Nerd.
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1 Response to Eight Words for Wisdom

  1. net2merc says:

    Excellent clarifications! And, a beautiful medallion. I’d love to have one like it.

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