12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have insight, I have power.
There are many the world considers wise, yet their plans fail for lack of prudence. Many possess great knowledge, but are ineffective for lack of discretion. True wisdom dwells with prudence, they are inseparable from one another. While wisdom considers the best course of action in any given circumstance, prudence suggests the proper timing. True wisdom also possesses knowledge and discretion, as a craftsman has his tools and a soldier his weapons.
“To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.” True wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord, and progresses with the hatred of evil. The more wisdom one has, the more clearly he is able to see evil for what it is and where it leads. How many, for lack of wisdom, have been caught in evil’s deadly snares? Everything that is flawed in this world, broken and twisted and tragically lost, springs from evil. Yet wisdom has the insight to see the evil within, “pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech,” which are bound in the hearts of every one of us – and oppose it as vehemently as the evil without.
“Counsel and sound judgement are mine, I have insight, I have power.” Wisdom is supremely competent, possessing all that is needed to influence things for good. A man may be stripped of his wealth, beaten and starved, imprisoned and oppressed – but the possessions of wisdom can never be taken from him. There is opportunity in every circumstance, as Joseph found in Pharaoh’s dungeon and Daniel in the lion’s den, the pursuit of wisdom is the best preparation for whatever life brings your way.