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Love Wisdom Instead of an Immoral Woman
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”: In the Hebrew Old Testament sister was often used as a term of endearment in reference to a wife or lover. On this John H Walton writes, “The reference to Woman Wisdom as ‘sister’ must be understood in the context of ancient Near Eastern and biblical love poetry (‘my sister, my bride,’ Song 4:9), where the ‘sister’ is actually the beloved. In other words, the father encourages his son to make Woman Wisdom his lover, his wife.”
And call understanding one who is known: The Hebrew (Heb. bî·nā(h)) term for understanding can also be rendered insight. Understanding (Heb. teḇû·nā(h)) is the ability to see how the parts or aspects of something are connected to one another. One who possesses understanding can see the big picture (the entire matter) and not just the isolated facts. – Prov. 2:5; 9:10; 18:15.
Insight (Heb. bî·nā(h)) is the ability to see into a situation. One who possesses insight acts with wisdom, caution, and discretion. Insight is closely related to understanding, but there is a fine distinction between the two terms. Says the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament: “While bin [understanding] indicates ‘distinguishing between,’ [sa·khal′] relates to an intelligent knowledge of the reason. There is the process of thinking through a complex arrangement of thoughts resulting in a wise dealing and use of good practical common sense. Another end result is the emphasis upon being successful.” – Psa. 14:12; Edited by R. L. Harris, 1980, Vol. 2, p. 877
Godly wisdom is having good sense, the ability to make sensible decisions and judgments based on Bible knowledge and your biblically trained conscience. “In Old Testament culture, sister was a term of endearment for a wife or lover (Song 4:9-10, 12; 5:1-2).” Thus, the son is presented with the option of loving two different women: the wife personified as wisdom or the adulteress. Insight for a person of God specifically, is the ability to see clearly and biblically into the nature of an issue, situation, or matter.
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 I.e. intimate friend; that is to know, which is often used as a euphemism for sexual intercourse
 John H Walton, Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (Old Testament): The Minor Prophets, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, vol. 5 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009), 479. Anders, Max (2005-07-01). Holman Old Testament Commentary – Proverbs (p. 60). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition. We should love and value wisdom as though she were our sister.