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In the Bible, wisdom is a moral rather than an intellectual quality.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” —Proverbs 1:7 NASB

“Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.” —Job 28:28b NASB

To be “foolish” is to be godless.

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” —Psalm 14:1a NASB
—compare “folly” and “fools” in 2 Samuel 13:12-14 (a rapist); Judges 19:23 (Sodomites and rapists)

“Professing to be wise, they became fools…” —Romans 1:22 NASB

True wisdom is a gift from God to those who ask for it (Job 28:12-28; Proverbs 3:13-18; Rom. 16:27; 1 Corinthians 1:17-21; 2:6-8).

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” —James 1:5 NASB

“Wisdom” in Proverbs 1:20; Prov. 8:1; 9:1-5 may be regarded not as a mere personification of the attribute of wisdom, but as a divine person, “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24).

In Matthew 11:19 it is the personified principle of wisdom that is meant.

“Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” —Proverbs 28:26 ESV

“The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.” —Proverbs 10:8 ESV

“So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.” —Psalm 90:12 ESV

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Article Version: April 5, 2019