A term used in the Bible for many things, ranging from the technical skill of the artisan (Exod 36:8) to the art of government (1Kgs 3:12; 1Kgs 3:28). It also designates simple cleverness (2Sam 14:2), especially the practical skill of coping with life (Prov 1; Prov 5; Prov 11; Prov 14) and the pursuit of a lifestyle of proper ethical conduct (Prov 2:9-11; and throughout). Wisdom is also seen as belonging properly to God (Job 28), associated with creation (Prov 8:22-31), and even identified with the Torah, or law (Sir 24:23). In the NT, wisdom is a prominent concern in Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians (1Cor 1:17-25; 1Cor 2:6-16) and in the Letter of James (Jas 1:5; Jas 3:13-18).

Exod 36:8

Construction of the Tabernacle
8All those with skill among the workers made the tabernacle with ten curtains; they were made of fine twisted linen, and blue, pu ... View more

1Kgs 3:12

12I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.

1Kgs 3:28

28All Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered; and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him, to e ... View more

2Sam 14:2

2Joab sent to Tekoa and brought from there a wise woman. He said to her, “Pretend to be a mourner; put on mourning garments, do not anoint yourself with oil, bu ... View more

Prov 1

1The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2For learning about wisdom and instruction,
for understanding words of insight,3for gaining inst ... View more

Prov 5

Warning against Impurity and Infidelity
1My child, be attentive to my wisdom;
incline your ear to my understanding,2so that you may hold on to prudence,
and you ... View more

Prov 11

1A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
but an accurate weight is his delight.2When pride comes, then comes disgrace;
but wisdom is with the humble.3The ... View more

Prov 14

1The wise woman builds her house,
but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.2Those who walk uprightly fear the Lord,
but one who is devious in conduct de ... View more

Prov 2:9-11

9Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and equity, every good path;10for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your s ... View more

Job 28

Interlude: Where Wisdom Is Found
1“Surely there is a mine for silver,
and a place for gold to be refined.2Iron is taken out of the earth,
and copper is smelted ... View more

Prov 8:22-31

Wisdom's Part in Creation
22The Lord created me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of long ago.23Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before th ... View more

Sir 24:23

Wisdom and the Law
23All this is the book of the covenant of the Most High God,
the law that Moses commanded us
as an inheritance for the congregations of Jacob ... View more

1Cor 1:17-25

17For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. ... View more

1Cor 2:6-16

The True Wisdom of God
6Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish.7B ... View more

Jas 1:5

5If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.

Jas 3:13-18

Two Kinds of Wisdom
13Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.14But if you have ... View more

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