"…We ask God that you may receive from Him all wisdom and spiritual understanding for full insight into His Will, so that your manner of life may be worthy of the Lord and entirely pleasing to Him…" (From Col 1:9,10 NEB).
THE SOURCE OF TRUE WISDOM IS JEHOVAH GOD.
"There is no wisdom, nor any discernment, nor any counsel in opposition to Jehovah." (Prov 21:30).
"The first step to wisdom is the fear of the Lord, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Prov 9:10 NEB).
"The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge. Wisdom and discipline are what mere fools have despised." (Prov 1:7).
"If any of you falls short in wisdom, he should ask God for it, and it will be given him, for God is a generous giver who neither refuses nor reproaches anyone." (From James 1:5 NEB).
"Carefully concealed in him (The Christ) are all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge... because it is in him that all the fullness of the Divine quality dwells…" (From Col 2:3 & 9).
"The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him (Christ) a Spirit of wisdom and understanding, a Spirit of counsel and power, a Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord." (Isaiah 11:2 NEB).
"For the one finding (wisdom) will certainly find life, and gets good will from Jehovah. But the one missing me (wisdom) is doing violence to his soul; all those intensely hating me are the ones that do love death." (Prov 8:35,36).
WHY THE GODLESS CANNOT FIND WISDOM.
"Who among you is wise or clever? Let his right conduct give practical proof of it, with the modesty that comes of wisdom. But if you are harbouring bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, consider whether your claims are not false, and a defiance of the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes from above; it is earth-bound, sensual, demonic. For with jealousy and ambition come disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above is in the first place pure; and then peace-loving, considerate, and open to reason; it is straightforward and sincere, rich in mercy and in the kindly deeds that are its fruit." (James 3:13-17 NEB).
"Fools shall never possess wisdom; sinners shall catch no glimpse of her. She holds aloof from arrogance, far from the thoughts of liars." (Eccus 15:7,8 NEB).
"At that time Jesus spoke these words: 'I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the learned and wise, and revealing them to the simple. Yes, Father, such was Thy choice." (Matt 11:25,26 NEB).
WHY WORLDLY WISDOM IS WORTHLESS BEFORE GOD.
"Make no mistake about this: if there is
anyone among you who fancies himself wise
"Better a man who hides his folly than one who hides his wisdom!" (Eccus 20:31 NEB).
HOW TO IDENTIFY A WISE MAN.
"The words of the wise ones are like oxgoads, and just like nails driven in are those indulging in collections of sentences; they have been given from one Shepherd." (Eccles 12:11).
"A wise man's tongue spreads knowledge; stupid men talk nonsense." (Prov 15:2 NEB).
"…Let the message of Christ dwell among you in all its richness. Instruct and admonish each other with the utmost wisdom." (Col 3:16 NEB).
"(Wisdom) is a tree of life to those taking hold of it, and those keeping fast hold of it are to be called happy." (Prov 3:18).
HOW TO IDENTIFY A FOOL.
"A proverb will fall flat when uttered by a fool, for he will produce it at the wrong time." (Eccus 20:20 NEB).
"Many have been led astray by their speculations, and false conjectures have impaired their judgement... if you have no knowledge, do not lay claim to it." (From Eccus 3:24,25 NEB).
WISDOM OF GOD: Spiritual perception from God.