Advice to Seek Wisdom
By Archdeacon Habib Guirgus
Lessons on the attainment of wisdom from the divinely inspired authors of the Bible.
glorious, and never fades away: yes, she is easily seen of them that love her,
and found of such as seek her. She prevents them that desire her, in making
herself first known unto them. The very true beginning of her is the desire of
discipline; and the care of discipline is love; and love is the keeping of her
laws; and the giving heed unto her laws is the assurance of incorruption; and
incorruption makes us near unto God. Therefore the desire of wisdom brings to a
kingdom ... Wisdom, is an understanding spirit, holy, one only, manifold,
subtle, lively, clear, undefiled, plain, not subject to hurt, loving the thing
that is good, kind to man, steadfast, sure free from care, having all power,
overseeing all things, and going through all understanding, pure, and most
subtle spirits. Wisdom is more moving than any motion: she passes and goes
through all things by reason of her pureness. For she is the breath of the
power of God, and a pure influence flowing from the glory of the Almighty:
therefore can no defiled thing fall into her. Love wisdom and seek her from
your youth till you age" (Wisdom 6:12-20; 7:22-25; 8:2).
"Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her" (Proverbs 3:13-18).
"My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding" (Proverbs 2:1-6).
"When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things, from those who leave the paths of uprightness" (Proverbs 2:10-13).
"Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; for wisdom is better than rubies, and all things one may desire cannot be compared with her. I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, all judges of the earth. I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me. Riches and honor are with me, enduring riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver. I traverse the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice, that I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries.
Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord" (Proverbs 8:10-21; 34, 35).
"Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this; that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight" (Jeremiah 9:23, 24).
"Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding" (Job 28:28).
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