Sometimes, we explore Bible verses that require a great deal of guidance and interpretation. We have to look to the ancient Hebrew or Greek to make sure that we think the verse says is actually what it’s saying. He have to read it in context to find the original intent and apply it to the ongoing Biblical worldview. All the while, we have to be sure that we’re practicing exegesis rather than eisegesis. It can all be daunting.
Thankfully, a good chunk of the Bible is very straightforward. In this verse, the intentions are profound and quite clear. Our wisdom is not truly wisdom if it doesn’t come through God. Wisdom begins when we fear the Lord and departing from evil. Until we do that, we are not wise. In fact, knowing that we are not wise is the only form of wisdom that we really have outside of what is given to us by the Lord.
I guess it was a little more confusing than I thought, but thankfully the verse by itself is very clear.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. – Proverbs 3:7 (KJV)
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