Proverbs was written for the purpose to make one wise. However not all will take their knowledge and use it to become wise. You might find that proverbs list four categories of wisdom or the lack thereof. (See Proverbs 1:4)
- There is the wise person. A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, (Proverbs 1:5 NASB)
- There is the foolish person. The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, (Proverbs 1:1-2 NASB) A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding. (Proverbs 14:6 NASB) A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool. (Proverbs 17:10 NASB)
- There is the scornful person. A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, He will not go to the wise. (Proverbs 15:12 NASB) Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease. (Proverbs 22:10 NASB)
- There is the simple naive person. The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps. (Proverbs 14:15 NASB) Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, That I may reply to him who reproaches me. A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty. (Proverbs 27:11-12 NASB)
Source: notes from graduation ceremony delivered by Dr. Thomas L. Tatum, sEnior Pastor East Belmont Church of God, Charlotte, NC.
Until Next Time,