In reading Proverbs, certain terms appear several times. Since they are repeated so much, it is safe to assume that knowing how the book defines these terms will lead to a greater understanding of Proverbs as a whole. Here I have listed most of the important ones, along with my own interpretation of them after studying Proverbs on my own.
These are not dictionary definitions. I often wonder how helpful the dictionary actually is when studying the Bible, as the dictionary often states everything is such plain, basic terms that I have to reinterpret them in order for the definition to actually mean something. In short, dictionaries in a general sense have no class (though I might change my mind after completing this list).
Information about the world and all that is in it.
To know a matter completely; to understand in full.
To have knowledge of something is not to understand it. For example, if I watch a video by Smarter Every Day about honey curling, I know that honey curls. I’ve seen it myself, and he shows it in awesome slow motion. However, I do not understand why it curls until he explains the physics to me.
The ability to judge the best option. When you know the facts of a matter and you understand what the matter is about, you can discern the best action to take. A great example is knowing when to speak and when to keep your mouth shut. Discernment is also used when making tough decisions (like whether to use your mouth or not).
The pinnacle of knowledge, understanding, and discretion. Wisdom is the possession and application of all three.
To teach, to give to the ignorant knowledge and understanding. Only helpful if the other party is able to accept the instruction.
To redirect from a wrong decision to a right one. To be used to increase the understanding of the other party for their future wellbeing. Otherwise, it’s just abuse.
The most horrid, despicable, vile thing in existence. Hate is not strong enough to define the feeling that arises in God when he sees one. God names seven–“A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:17-19 NKJV).
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