7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.
Wisdom does not come naturally, it must be acquired. Those who fail to prioritize it will grow older, but not wiser. How valuable are wisdom and understanding? They are worth any exchange you can make, and once you have them they can never be taken from you. Have you made it a priority to get wisdom? How many hours per week do you spend reading instead of watching a screen, listening rather than speaking, preparing for the future by making the most of the present? Don’t waste your resources, invest them in the pursuit of wisdom!
“Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.” Neither the one who exalts himself nor the one who seeks the praise of others gets what he desires, but the one who cherishes wisdom cannot help but be praised. The same goes for honor – the man who demands honor is disdained, but the one who embraces wisdom will find that he also gets honor. Some things are best obtained indirectly. Seek praise and honor first and you will get neither; seek wisdom first and praise and honor will be thrown in.
“She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.” Just as foolish living leaves its marks, wisdom affects the way you are seen. The garland and the crown are signs of accomplishment and authority, two more byproducts of a life spent pursuing wisdom. So we see that though it may have cost a man all he had to get wisdom, he is more than compensated for the sacrifices he made along the way.