A-Z: General definitions: Wisdom


1. Ability to judge correctly in issues relating to life and behaviour. In the Bible wisdom is seen as a skill for living, for making good choices. In the Old Testament, wisdom is personified as a woman, calling out in the streets for people to listen to her (Proverbs 1:20-22). Wisdom is seen as very valuable and there are many benefits for those who seek her (Proverbs 3:13-18). The Bible says that the starting point for gaining wisdom is having respect for God and his ways (Proverbs 9:10). 2. Type of biblical literature including the Books of Psalms, Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes. 3. Important aspect of the character of God. Jesus is described as the 'Wisdom of God' (1 Corinthians 1:24) in human form.

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