(Inspired by Barry Schwartz’s TedTalk on “Practical Wisdom”) What does the Bible have to say about being Wise?

Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for “practical wisdom” as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.

Link to the 20 minute video lecture here.

As I’m sure most of you know, the Bible has a great deal to say about wisdom. Let’s have a look at some highlights (not that there are lowlights, but you know what I mean) from the wisdom books and elsewhere in the word of God.

  • Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
  • Ecclesiastes 9:18 – Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroys much good.
  • Isaiah 33:6 –  He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.
  • Romans 11:33O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
  • 1 Corinthians 1:20 – Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
  • James 3:17 – But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

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