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Wisdom
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Wisdom
Wisdom Biblical wisdom refers to practical skills associated with understanding and living a successful life.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Wisdom, Wisdom Literature
Wisdom, Wisdom Literature. Wisdom is a capacity of the mind; in the OT it involves both knowledge and the ability to direct the mind toward a full understanding of human life and toward its moral fulfillment. Wisdom is thus a special capacity, necessary for full human living, but one which can be acquired
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Wisdom
Wisdom In the Bible the most common, technical terms for wisdom are Heb. ḥoḵmâ in the OT and Gk. sophía in the NT. Alongside these expressions exists a wide variety of other words and phrases that express the same or related ideas. Because the understanding of these terms changed over time and differed
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Wisdom
WISDOM The ability to direct one’s mind toward a full understanding of human life and toward its moral fulfillment. Wisdom is thus a special capacity, necessary for full human living; it can be acquired through education and the application of the mind.Divine Wisdom Although the term “wisdom” is used
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Wisdom
wisdom, a term used in the Bible for many things ranging from the technical skill of the artisan (Exod. 36:8) to the art of government (1 Kings 3:12, 28). It also designates simple cleverness (2 Sam. 14:2), especially the practical skill of coping with life (Prov. 1; 5; 11; 14) and the pursuit of a lifestyle
Sophia
Sophia (soh-fee´uh), the woman who appears as a personification of wisdom in Prov. 1–9; Sir. 24; Wis. 6–12; and Bar. 3:9–4:4. The name does not appear as such in English Bibles, but sophia is the Greek word used for “wisdom” in the Greek versions of all these texts (the Hebrew word used in Proverbs is
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Wisdom ( NT)
WISDOM (NT). While wisdom is personified in the OT in the book of Proverbs and shown to have existed eternally in God (Prov 8:22–30), it is centered in one person, the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor 1:30; Col 2:2–3; cf. Lk 11:49).Christ in His human nature increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Wisdom, Wisdom Literature
Wisdom, Wisdom LiteratureDictionaries define wisdom as the ability to make sound judgments on what we know, especially as it relates to life and conduct. The wise do not value the quantity of knowledge by itself, but the ethical and moral dimensions of how we evaluate human experience and act on it.
Sophia
Sophia (Gk. sophɩ́a)Greek name for “Wisdom” (Heb. ḥoḵmâ), also referred to as “Woman Wisdom.” This female figure appears in Prov. 1–9; Job 28; and in the apocryphal books of Sirach, Baruch, and Wisdom of Solomon.Portrayed as crying out from the city gates to those “simple ones” who might listen,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Wisdom Literature
(Heb. ḥoḵmâ; Gk. sophía), Wisdom Literature † Strictly speaking, wisdom literature as a generic category encompasses only the books of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament; Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon in the Apocrypha; and perhaps James in the New Testament. However,
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Wisdom
WISDOM חכמהΣοφίαI. Wisdom, sometimes in scholarly literature referred to as ‘Lady Wisdom’ or ‘Woman Wisdom’, is the name of a biblical goddess. She figures prominently in one canonical book and several deuterocanonical writings of the OT: Prov 1–9, Sir, Bar, and Wis. Although modern interpreters have
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Wisdom
WisdomIn biblical thought wisdom has a wide range of meaning. Wisdom can mean simply the practical skills and qualities which humans can acquire in order to live successfully, or wisdom can refer to God’s knowledge and creative power which transcend human scrutiny. Given this range of meaning, it is
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Wisdom
WisdomPaul acknowledged that his preaching was “not in plausible words of wisdom,” yet he called his proclamation of the gospel “wisdom of God” as Christ himself is “the wisdom of God” (1 Cor 2:1–5, 7; 1 Cor 1:24, 30). Research on wisdom in Paul began with E. Grafe (1892) and since the 1960s (since
Key passages
2 Ch 1:11–12

Then God said to Solomon, “Because this was with your heart and you did not ask for wealth, possessions, honor, and the lives of your enemies, and also did not ask for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge that you might judge my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom …

Job 12:13

“With him are wisdom and powerful deeds, and to him belong counsel and understanding.

Pr 8:10–11

Take my teaching and not silver; may you choose knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than jewels, and all desires shall not compare with her.

Pr 9:10

The start of wisdom is fear of Yahweh, and knowledge of the Holy One, insight.

Lk 2:40

And the child was growing and becoming strong, filled with wisdom, and the favor of God was upon him.

1 Co 1:18–25

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the intelligence of the intelligent I will confound.” …

Col 2:2–3

so that their hearts may be encouraged, united in love and into all the wealth of the full assurance of insight into the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ, in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.

See also
Ge 2:8–3:24; Ge 13:1–18; Ge 32:1–21; Ge 41:1–57; Ex 18:1–27; Ex 31:1–11; Ex 35:30–36:1; Dt 4:1–14; Dt 18:15–22; Dt 32:19–38; Dt 34:1–12; 1 Sa 25:2–44; 2 Sa 14:1–24; 1 Ki 2:1–9; 1 Ki 3:1–28; 1 Ki 4:20–5:18; 1 Ki 7:13–14; 1 Ki 10:1–29; 1 Ki 12:1–24; 2 Ki 5:20–27; 2 Ki 6:8–7:2; 2 Ki 8:7–15; 1 Ch 12:23–40; 1 Ch 26:1–19; 1 Ch 27:25–34; 2 Ch 1:1–12; 2 Ch 2:1–18; 2 Ch 9:1–28; 2 Ch 11:18–23; Ezr 7:11–28; Ezr 8:15–20; Ne 2:11–20; Ne 6:1–14; Job 9:1–35; Job 11:1–12:25; Job 28:1–28; Job 32:1–34:20; Job 36:1–23; Job 38:25–41; Ps 2:1–12; Ps 16:1–11; Ps 19:1–14; Ps 37:20–40; Ps 39:1–13; Ps 49:1–20; Ps 51:1–19; Ps 73:1–28; Ps 90:1–17; Ps 94:1–23; Ps 104:1–105:22; Ps 107:23–43; Ps 111:1–10; Ps 119:33–40; Ps 119:65–80; Ps 119:97–104; Ps 119:121–144; Ps 119:169–176; Ps 136:1–26; Ps 147:1–20; Pr 1:1–7; Pr 1:20–5:23; Pr 6:6–11; Pr 8:1–9:12; Pr 10:1; Pr 10:5; Pr 10:8; Pr 10:13–14; Pr 10:19; Pr 10:23; Pr 10:31; Pr 11:2; Pr 11:9; Pr 11:12; Pr 11:22; Pr 11:29–30; Pr 12:1; Pr 12:8; Pr 12:15–16; Pr 12:18; Pr 12:23; Pr 13:10; Pr 13:14–16; Pr 13:20; Pr 14:1; Pr 14:3; Pr 14:6; Pr 14:8; Pr 14:15–16; Pr 14:18; Pr 14:24; Pr 14:33; Pr 14:35; Pr 15:2; Pr 15:5; Pr 15:7; Pr 15:14; Pr 15:20–21; Pr 15:23–24; Pr 15:31–33; Pr 16:14; Pr 16:16; Pr 16:21–23; Pr 17:2; Pr 17:10; Pr 17:16; Pr 17:24; Pr 17:27–28; Pr 18:2; Pr 18:4; Pr 18:15; Pr 19:2; Pr 19:8; Pr 19:11; Pr 19:14; Pr 19:20; Pr 19:25; Pr 19:27; Pr 20:5; Pr 20:15; Pr 20:18; Pr 20:26; Pr 20:29; Pr 21:11; Pr 21:16; Pr 21:20; Pr 21:22; Pr 21:30; Pr 22:3; Pr 22:12; Pr 22:17–21; Pr 23:9; Pr 23:12; Pr 23:15–16; Pr 23:19; Pr 23:22–25; Pr 24:3–7; Pr 24:13–14; Pr 24:23–25; Pr 26:12; Pr 27:11–12; Pr 28:2; Pr 28:7; Pr 28:11; Pr 28:16; Pr 28:26; Pr 29:3; Pr 29:8–9; Pr 29:11; Pr 29:15; Pr 30:1–9; Pr 30:24–28; Pr 31:10–31; Ec 1:12–3:8; Ec 4:13–16; Ec 5:8–10:20; Ec 12:9–14; Is 5:8–30; Is 11:1–16; Is 19:1–17; Is 21:11–12; Is 27:2–13; Is 28:23–29; Is 29:9–24; Is 31:1–3; Is 33:1–9; Is 52:13–53:12; Je 8:4–17; Je 9:17–10:16; Je 23:1–8; Je 49:7–22; Je 51:12–33; Eze 28:1–19; Eze 44:10–31; Da 1:1–21; Da 2:14–45; Da 4:1–18; Da 5:1–29; Da 9:20–27; Da 11:29–39; Da 12:1–13; Ho 4:1–10; Ho 14:1–9; Am 5:4–15; Mic 6:9–16; Zec 9:1–8; Mal 2:1–9; Mt 2:1–12; Mt 7:15–20; Mt 7:24–27; Mt 10:16–25; Mt 11:16–19; Mt 12:14–21; Mt 12:38–45; Mt 13:54–58; Mt 16:5–12; Mt 22:15–22; Mt 24:4–26; Mt 24:32–35; Mt 24:45–25:13; Mt 26:36–46; Mk 12:13–17; Mk 12:28–34; Mk 13:28–31; Lk 1:11–17; Lk 2:39–52; Lk 6:46–49; Lk 7:31–35; Lk 10:17–24; Lk 11:29–32; Lk 12:41–48; Lk 12:54–59; Lk 21:8–19; Ac 6:1–15; Ac 7:9–36; Ac 8:14–25; Ac 9:26–30; Ac 22:30–23:10; Ro 1:8–15; Ro 11:11–12:2; Ro 12:9–21; Ro 16:17–20; Ro 16:25–27; 1 Co 1:4–2:16; 1 Co 3:18–23; 1 Co 4:6–13; 1 Co 6:1–11; 1 Co 8:1–13; 1 Co 12:1–11; 1 Co 13:1–13; 2 Co 1:12–14; 2 Co 8:1–7; 2 Co 11:5–21; Eph 1:15–23; Eph 3:8–21; Eph 5:8–21; Php 1:3–11; Col 1:9–18; Col 1:24–2:10; Col 3:12–17; Col 4:2–6; 1 Th 5:12–22; 2 Ti 3:1–9; Phm 4–7; Heb 5:12–14; Jas 1:2–8; Jas 3:13–18; 2 Pe 1:5–11; 2 Pe 3:14–18; 1 Jn 2:18–23; 1 Jn 3:24–4:6; 1 Jn 5:18–21; Re 5:8–14; Re 7:9–17; Re 13:11–18; Re 17:7–18;