“My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.”
A direct request and command, Solomon advises his son to simply be wise.
A wise child makes the heart of their parents glad.
Throughout the Canon of Scriptures, the phrase “be wise” appears 20 times in 18 verses. Half of those verses are found in Proverbs, showing us the importance of obtaining Wisdom.
“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:”
“Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.”
“If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.”
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
“Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.”
“My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.”
“Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.”
“Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.”
After the Lord uses Solomon to write the importance of being wise in Proverbs, we see his failure to remain wise.
“All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me.”
There is a danger of neglecting the Wisdom we receive by refusing to apply the Truths of the Word of God to our lives. Solomon lost his perspective of using his God given Wisdom for good. He ended up admitting this all throughout the Book of Ecclesiastes.
May we learn from Solomon’s example, and seek to not only be wise, but also remain wise through the Wisdom of the Word.
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