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There are two common interpretations among Protestants: "Wisdom" refers to the Word of God; that is, Jesus "Wisdom" is the personification of a divine attribute, and perhaps a type of Christ, but should not be understood to be Jesus himself The first view was widely held by the church fathers and several centuries of Protestants. ...


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They became "wise" in that they now knew (the difference of) Good and Evil. The tree is explicitly called Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, so we should assume it is right that eating the fruit conferred that knowledge. This is also confirmed by them having a different view on their nakedness after eating the fruit. So, yes, that fruit did confer ...


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I have of late taught that "wisdom" in the book of Proverbs is best understood as the understanding of God's ways or will and the application of such. In other words, acting and behaving in the manner which God intends for us. "Knowledge" can be understood in a similar fashion. This interpretation of wisdom, in my opinion, can be applied to all instances ...


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Catholic theologians have consistently identified "Wisdom" in Proverbs 8 as the Christ. For example, we find a recent example in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: The personification of Wisdom in the OT prepares for the revelation of the Trinity in the NT. In particular, this theme reaches its full development when Jesus is revealed as the ...


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We ask when we have the desire. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4, NIV) Psalms tells us that God will give us the desires of our heart. Simply asking without any sincere desire will not be successful. Only a sincere request is granted. And we should ask according to His will. We can't ask whatever we ...


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The answer to your question is not an easy answer; Since the original word used here was: שׂכל Pronounced śâkal For myself I do believe that choosing our current state as opposed to remaining in God’s pristine state was either wise nor desirable. Brown Driver Biggs Definition: 1) to be prudent, be circumspect, wisely understand, prosper 1a) (Qal)...


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Undoubtedly we can say that Jesus' divine nature is omniscient, but your confusion could result from identifying Wisdom too closely with Jesus. In Luke 11:31-35, Jesus speaks of John the Baptist, himself and then Wisdom, but only in the third person and such terms that it would be difficult for us to think of her as his divine nature: Luke 11:31-35: "Then ...


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There are different kinds of knowledge, and according to your comment that "wisdom is applied knowledge," I infer that your definition of knowledge might be Information that is not yet applied to a situation (for example). If I'm correct, then I think you're on the right track. Knowledge IS information, and when it comes to spiritual gifts, God is able ...


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Living wisely allows a person to avoid a great deal of calamity. For instance, someone who is wise with his money and stores up wealth for his later years can enjoy the blessings of wisdom, whereas someone who spends money foolishly will suffer for that. So, there is blessing in living wisely with the things of this world. However, Ecclesiastes probably ...


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What is the Fear of the Lord? The word Fear in the Hebrew is one of God's Names. Fear is our reaction when we see God as He really is and then see ourselves in the light of who God is." The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. The Fear of the Lord is to hate evil. The Fear of the Lord is ...


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Genesis 3:22 is instructive in this regard: "Then the LORD God said, 'Behold, the man has become like on of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever'" (NASB Updated). The phrase "knowing good and evil" is a Hebraism. The technical name for it in rhetoric is merism, ...


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Did the forbidden fruit make us wise? Two trees are specifically identified as being created by God. Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam was given specific ...


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My own personal interpretation as a Christian would suggest that the ultimate effect of the Fruit will be to impart the same sort of "wisdom" as the Prodigal Son received from his wayward lifestyle (Luke 15:11-32). Paradise 1.0 (Eden) was the farm prior to the son's departure; Paradise 2.0 (Heaven) will be the farm after his return. Prior to his departure, ...


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I actually read an article recently that mentions in passing this concept (that Wisdom is Jesus.) The article first speaks of the Greek Concept of Logos and mentions, “Beginning at least as early as the apologist Justin Martyr (A.D. 125), Christians, almost without exception, identified Sophia (the Greek equivalent of Heb. ḥoḵmâ) in Proverbs 8 with Jesus ...


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At one time confirmations sometimes included the phrase "Confirm O Lord thy servant Andrew", or "Confirm O Lord thy handmaid Anne", assuming a boy called Andrew and a girl called Anne. There was a certain equivalence in English between the two. Martin Rosenau says the same happened in Germany. In Hebrew the words are ebed for male and amah for female. They ...


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" I am the handmaid of the Lord." ( Luke1:38 ) Luke 1:38 could be translated the following way: Because the Lord is my boss, he can demand whatever he wants and I have to do what he asks me. I know that in Germany decades ago there were a lot of prayers in the Catholic church where the faithful were naming themselves as handmaids and servants of God. ...


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Consider the following passages: Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in YHWH, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Deuteronomy 4:29 "But from there [among the world] you will seek YHWH your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your life." Jeremiah 29:11-14 "For I know the plans I have for you,” ...


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the answer is--- yes. We do both. We ask God to give us wisdom; all wisdom comes from Him. We could live for eighty years and not get true biblical wisdom if we don't ask God. But we have to seek it, too. We won't be sleeping one morning and 60 lbs of wisdom come crashing through the roof and wake us up. We have to do things to seek wisdom; praying, ...


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Hebrews 11: 1 says "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." This is probably one of the most fundamental verses you can quote when asked about faith. It is the most obvious and clear definition of what it means to believe something especially God. Knowledge is pretty much the same as faith. We all know the color of ...


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Consider the wisdom books (Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Job) not only as complementary, differing in focus and filling out the ideas by considering difficult cases, but also as a progression. Ecclesiastes begins with a lost person, who despite a measure of wisdom, is confused about the meaning and purpose of life and unable to find the most enjoyable course to ...


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The scripture does in fact speak plainly on this issue, and the fact that so many are ignoring it concerns me greatly. The scriptures say - 1 Corinthians 4:6 "Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on ...


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