Proverb a Day: Day 4

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These verses stood out to me from today’s Proverb because they are foundational for this great book. Proverbs tells us over and over again that the purpose in life is to get wisdom and to get understanding.

But what is “wisdom?” And what is “understanding?”

The journalist in me went straight to Webster’s.

Here’s the definition of wisdom:

The quality of being wise; power of judging rightly and following the soundest course of action based on knowledge, experience, understanding. Being ‘wise’ is having or showing good judgment; sagacious; prudent.

Webster’s New World Dictionary

Here’s the definition of understanding: 

(1) The mental quality, act or state of a person who understands; comprehension, knowledge, discernment, sympathetic awareness. (2) The power or ability to think, learn, judge, etc. intelligence; sense.

Webster’s New World Dictionary

As you go through the Proverbs, take time to reflect on those definitions of wisdom and understanding as they relate to each chapter.

Tell me: Do you consider yourself a “wise” person?

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Author: Leona Scott

Leona Scott is a writer and journalist. She is inspired by her faith, family and home life. She started Scott Ink as a way to share in the journey of nurturing modern families with a focus on the simple things and a return to old-fashioned goodness. She is mom to three amazing daughters who inspire (and challenge) her daily. Another one of her greatest blessings is her husband, Robert, who is her biggest fan, sounding board and partner. As a small business owner and full-time working mom, she strives for balance and simplicity daily amidst the chaos.