In the King James Version, Psalm 111:10 reads, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth forever." This quotation emphasizes the biblical concept of wisdom as derived from a right relationship with God.Continue Reading
The Bible portrays wisdom as having two dimensions: a practical dimension applying to human relationships and skills, and a moral dimension focusing on the relationship between God and man. Both dimensions are God-given, but the first requires no acknowledgement of the giver or relationship with him; the second requires both. Exodus 35:35 references a gift of wisdom of the first type: "Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the skillful workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that design beautifully wrought work." Proverbs 9:10 refers to the second type: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding."
Traditional classifications of the Old Testament class the books of Job, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs as wisdom literature. Job and Ecclesiastes wrestle with questions derived from the moral aspect of wisdom, while Proverbs is best known for its practical applications. In the New Testament, Jesus' Sermon on the Mount brings both sides together, emphasizing both a right relationship with God and its practical outworking in human relationships. The book of James also echoes Old Testament wisdom literature, stating in James 1:5, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."Learn more about The Bible