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Wisdom, importance of human

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True wisdom may bring material reward but its value far exceeds earthly riches. To those who receive it, it opens a path to life and security and equips for leadership and right conduct.

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The supreme value of true wisdom

It is priceless

Proverbs 4:7 ESV
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.
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It leads to life

Proverbs 15:24 ESV
24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent, that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.
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It brings prosperity

The benefits of wisdom may include material prosperity, but more important is the moral and spiritual prosperity which it brings.
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It gives security

Proverbs 4:6 ESV
6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you.
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The application of wisdom

It touches the whole person

In Hebrew, the “heart” represents the centre of human personality.
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It results in right action

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It results in watchfulness

Matthew 25:1–10 ESV
1 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut.
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Wisdom is necessary for leaders

Wisdom to govern

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Wisdom to administer justice

1 Kings 3:28 ESV
28 And all Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered, and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice.
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The teaching of wisdom

The wise give instruction

Ecclesiastes 12:9 ESV
9 Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care.
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The wise listen to instruction

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Joseph; the elders of Israel; Joshua




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Ezra; the Messiah; Daniel and his three friends


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