(November 26, 2014)
There are times that I wish that I could read Hebrew, because it would be interesting to read these in their original language to see if something was lost. We seem to have Solomon taking different sides on the issue of the importance of wisdom. We are taught to develop wisdom, yet to trust the Lord with all our heart and lean not to our own understanding. We are taught that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.
What I think the distinction that we have lost is a distinction between worldly knowledge and wisdom as defined by fear of God and knowledge of Him and His ways. The former knowledge is at best largely irrelevant and at worst counterproductive. The latter is absolutely necessary for us to develop (to the best of our abilities) in order to please God.