Wisdom – Proverbs 16:16

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Proverbs 16:16

die Weisheit – wisdom

IPA: [ˈvaɪ̯shaɪ̯t]

Etymology: From Middle High German wīsheit, from Old High German wīsheit.[1]

auf Erfahrungen und umfassendem Wissen beruhende tiefe Einsicht in Lebenszusammenhänge.[2]

Deep insight into life contexts based on experience and comprehensive knowledge.

Sprüche 16,16 Weisheit erwerben, wieviel besser ist es als feines Gold, und Verstand erwerben, wieviel vorzüglicher als Silber!

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

There are a few places in the Bible where the value of wisdom is alluded to.

There is a difference between wisdom in God’s view and the view of the world. What is wisdom to the world can be folly to God.

But as a whole, it seems that we do value wisdom as humans, even though we may have a different definition of what it is. Why do we desire wisdom? Is it because we know that its value is worth more than any material thing? I don’t have an answer.

We are told in the Bible that the fear of the Lord is wisdom. One of these verses is found in Job (though it also appears in Psalms and Proverbs):

Hiob 28,28 Und zu dem Menschen sprach er: Siehe, die Furcht des Herrn ist Weisheit, und vom Bösen weichen ist Verstand.

Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Fear, in this sense, means awe or reverence, rather than terror or dread. Fearing God means to trust in Him and to obey His word.
According to the Faithlife Study Bible, the relationship between wisdom and the fear of God is a cycle that reinforces itself. If someone fears God, then he shall obtain wisdom, and with more wisdom, He understands all the more what it means to fear God.