Proverbs 24:5-7

5 The wise prevail through great power,

   and those who have knowledge muster their strength.

6 Surely you need guidance to wage war,

   and victory is won through many advisers.

7 Wisdom is too high for fools;

   in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.


Wisdom is superior to brute force, as it is always useful. The wise prevail because they have the power to discern the most effective response to any situation. They do not wear themselves out as the aggressive do, instead biding their time until an opportunity presents itself. They neither overestimate their own strength, nor underestimate that of their enemies. Their strength is multiplied by prudence and sustained by fortitude. They know when to strike and when to stand by, and are not discouraged by adversity.

Though the wise are competent, they are also humble. They seek guidance in all they do, and surround themselves with advisers. They take ownership of failure and give credit for success, always looking to make the most of every opportunity. They ensure good morale by taking care of those beneath them, being careful not to burden anyone with more than their share of the work.

“Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly of the gate they must not open their mouths.” The wise understand the importance of feedback, but are also respectful of others time. To let everyone speak at every assembly is to distract from the objective. Ask for their input prior to the assembly, that they may feel heard without irritating everyone else.

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