The Wise Hear and Increase Understanding
Proverbs 1:5-6 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
6 to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
It is the overly self-confident person who speaks arrogantly, who considers himself superior to instruction. Readiness to learn is ever characteristic of the truly wise. That which is worthy of our meditation is not always simply expressed, and so it is true of the book of Proverbs. It is filled with idiomatic, metaphorical, figurative, and poetical language, which is 3,000 years removed from the way would commonly express thing. However, the fact that we must buy out the time to understand what the writer meant by the words that he used, is most certainly a blessing. What this does is weed out those that truly do not want to know God, from those that want to know him.