- Proverbs 8:6-10
- Prov 8:6 (KJB)
- Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my
lips shall be right things.
- Excellent - Leader or chief - also to announce or report
- Right things - Uprightness
- True biblical wisdom will never have any evil or perverse teachings
behind it. Its only agenda is to put the person who instructs themselves in
wisdom on the right and narrow track. Our verse states that true wisdom will
be like a chief, that is, it will excel all the wisdom of the world. Worldly
wisdom may contain some elements of truth but it will never match the noble
level of true biblical wisdom which awaits those who seek it. The wisdom of
the world may contain evil ways or dark paths but the wisdom of God only
teaches uprightness so the person will always be assured they are learning
and employing wisdom which can only be beneficial to them.
- Prov 8:7 (KJB)
- For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an
abomination to my lips.
- Abomination - Detestable thing
- Here is a testimonial verse from true wisdom. Wisdom will only speak the
truth and will never have a hidden agenda. Wisdom’s desire is to bring a
person to salvation and then to keep them on the straight and narrow.
Wickedness is an abomination to true wisdom because wickedness perverts
wisdom and judgment. True wisdom is a continuum of truth and will never
misguide or mislead its adherents.
- Prov 8:8 (KJB)
- All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is
nothing froward or perverse in them.
- Froward - Wrestling or cunning
- Perverse - Distorted - from a primary root to put in knots
- If anyone has ever read a philosophy book, one will realize that with
every question asked, it creates ten more. Worldly wisdom never seems to
have an answer only more questions leading to total confusion.
(2 Tim 3:7 KJV) Ever learning, and never able
to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy
3:7 lies in the middle of a discourse concerning the unbeliever. That verse
aptly describes worldly wisdom because they are continuously learning and as
their knowledge increases, the truth gets farther away. One principle about
true biblical wisdom is that it does not continually lead into more
questions, rather it always has the answers. As we can see, Proverbs 8:8,
teaches us that true biblical wisdom will never distort the truth to the
point that its teachings are in knots, that is, twisted so we will never
understand it. Whenever someone wrestles with a subject, it could mean that
there will come out of it a spurious explanation which will only lead to
false understanding. This is why the Bible is very clear on many issues and
may require a little digging on others but God will never confound the true
believer in the area of sought truth. The Bible will bewilder the unbeliever
because they do not have the Holy Spirit dwelling within them, so the Bible
is a closed book and that is why unbelievers will doubt parts of the Bible
and call them fables, such as the first three chapters of Genesis.
- Prov 8:9 (KJB)
- They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to
them that find knowledge.
- Plain - Straight
- This verse continues the thought from the previous verse. As we saw,
wisdom does not twist truth into knots so a person who is spiritually
qualified, that is, saved, will not be confounded when seeking the truth in
Scripture. God will not hide the truth by means of intentional Scripture
twisting. God makes truth plain to His children because that is the reason
He gave us the Bible and the Holy Spirit to indwell us, so we may gain the
truth of Scripture. The philosophy of the unbeliever is twisted in a
thousand different directions. If you want to know the definition of a
pretzel, open a philosophy book.
- Prov 8:10 (KJB)
- Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice
- Many in this world believe that silver and gold, the wealth of this
world, constitutes a person having much knowledge and wisdom. I remember
many years ago I was involved in multi-level-marketing and what they would
do was to bring in someone who made a lot of money from the company.
Everyone thought that they had much business prowess but the reality was
that these people who made much money in the MLM did so because they got in
earlier than the rest of us and that was the extent of their business
acumen. How many times are people placed on boards of ministries or boards
of churches simply because they are successful businessmen. They wouldn’t
know Hosea from Hose B but because they are wealthy, they are placed in
places of leadership. I still would like to know how someone who makes a lot
of money in the world system is qualified for a position which requires much
spiritual insight and understanding of the Bible? Now I am not saying that
there are no exceptions but the normal pattern is to exalt the wealthy.
- Proverbs 8:10 states that we are to receive the instruction of the
Scriptures and knowledge of the Scriptures, and we are to seek them rather
than money. If a person is wise in the Scriptures, then they would make a
good leader in an organization, if they qualify according to the Bible. This
verse would be well understood by Solomon for in his inaugural prayer, he
prayed for wisdom to judge the people and not for riches. God added riches
to him because that was not what Solomon was seeking and it was to be for a
lesson to all Christians that great wealth does not make one happy, in fact,
it will become a snare, not might, but will.
(Luke 12:15 KJV) And he said unto them, Take
heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the
abundance of the things which he possesseth. At
the end of his years, Solomon became an apostate by worshipping and even
building temples for the false gods of his wives. A person grown in wisdom
will not depart from wisdom in his later years.
(Prov 22:6 KJV) Train up a child in the way he
should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Training up a child does not only have to do with
physical children but has to do with those who become saved, children of
God, if they are counseled and discipled correctly from the start, they will
carry those teachings to their grave. This is why the Scriptures declare
that we should seek true spiritual wisdom and knowledge.