Wisdom Can Lengthen One’s Life
Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing; it benefits those who see the light of day.
For wisdom provides protection, just as money provides protection.
But the advantage of knowledge is this:
Wisdom preserves the life of its owner.
-Ecclesiastes 7, (incomplete) Bible NET
The Problems with Foolishness
Because of laziness the roof caves in, and because of idle hands the house leaks.
Feasts are made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.
Do not curse a king even in your thoughts, and do not curse the rich while in your bedroom;
for a bird might report what you are thinking, or some winged creature might repeat your words
-Ecclesiastes 10, (incomplete) Bible NET
Ignorance of the Future Demands Diligence in the Present
Send your grain overseas, for after many days you will get a return.
Divide your merchandise among seven or even eight investments, for you do not know what calamity may happen on earth.
If the clouds are full of rain, they will empty themselves on the earth, and whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, the tree will lie wherever it falls.
He who watches the wind will not sow, and he who observes the clouds will not reap.
Just as you do not know the path of the wind, or how the bones form in the womb of a pregnant woman, so you do not know the work of who makes everything.
Sow your seed in the morning, and do not stop working until the evening;
for you do not know which activity will succeed – whether this one or that one, or whether both will prosper equally.
-Ecclesiastes 11, (incomplete) Bible NET
The Appeal of Wisdom
Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
At the top of the elevated places along the way,
at the intersection of the paths she takes her stand;
beside the gates opening into the city,
at the entrance of the doorways she cries out:
“to you, O people, I call out, and my voice calls to all mankind.
You who are naive, discern wisdom! And you fools, understand discernment!
Listen, for I will speak excellent things, and my lips will utter what is right.
For my mouth speaks truth, and my lips hate wickedness.
All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing in them twisted or crooked.
All of them are clear to the discerning and upright to those who find knowledge.
Receive my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold.
For wisdom is better than rubies, and desirable things cannot be compared to her.
“I, wisdom, live with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.
-Proverbs 8 , (incomplete) Bible NET