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Combined Wisdom

Proverbs 13:10 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
10 By insolence comes nothing but strife,
    but with those who take advice is wisdom.

By insolence comes nothing but strife: The Hebrew word (zadon) rendered insolence refers to having an excessively inflated view of oneself, that is, being conceited, audacious or arrogant behavior, self-will, lacking any humility because this person believes that they know everything and are never wrong. This behavior will only result in strife (Heb. matstsah), that is, verbal contention, many heated arguments, bitter conflicts with others because of one’s arrogance.

but with those who take advice is wisdom: People who take advice are ones who are willing to listen to others. In fact, they are eager to get the insights of others, unlike the insolent of line one. This is wisdom because the ones who take advice evidence that they are wise. Yes, this wise person’s humility makes him teachable because he is capable of taking advice, unlike the closed-minded egotist of line one.

When we encounter a given situation and have a measure of uncertainty, what should we do? What if we are unsure as to whether we even have the right to act. If we take action on something where we have little or no knowledge, this will only end in conflict. If we act on something when we have no authority to do so, this will cause friction. Would we not be wiser to take advice from someone else who has knowledge and discernment? Certainly, when we are faced with questions and problems that are tricky, delicate, or controversial that cause us distress, difficulty, and trouble, we should go to God in prayer and consult the Word of God. Yet, if we are wise, we will also remember with many advisers we can succeed. (Prov. 15:22) By taking advice from others who possess more knowledge and understanding, we will gain a more balanced viewpoint.

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