The Source of Wisdom
Proverbs 1:1-4 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand sayings of understanding,
3 to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
4 to give shrewdness to the inexperienced,
to the young man knowledge and thinking ability.
We certainly are very fortunate to have the “Proverbs of Solomon,” as they help us to “know wisdom and instruction.” Knowledge is possession of information learned by personal experience, observation, or study. Wisdom is the balanced application of that knowledge to answer difficulties, achieve objectives, sidestep or ward off dangers, not to mention helping others to accomplish the same.
Discipline is mentioned repeatedly throughout the book of Proverbs. Discipline is the practice or methods of teaching and enforcing acceptable patterns of behavior: correction, admonition, or modification, whether it is self-discipline or the discipline of another. According to The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, it “denotes the training of the moral nature, involving the correcting of waywardness toward folly.” (Garland and Longman 2008, 48) Whether we are disciplining ourselves, or are being disciplined by another, by grasping the counsel within the Scriptures, and then applying it in our lives, it moves us to become a better servant of God. If we are to move over from inherited death to life, we need discipline.
 Thinking Ability: (Heb. mezimmah) In the evil sense, this can mean wicked plans, evil ideas, schemes, and devices. In the favorable sense, it can mean shrewdness, perceptiveness, discretion, and prudence. In the favorable sense, it is the ability to judge wisely and objectively. Mezimmah, therefore, the human mind and thoughts can be used for an admirable and upright end, or for evil purposes. – Ps 10:2; Pro. 1:4; 2:10-12; 5:1-2.