the instruction of wisdom

Proverbs 1:3

1:3 the instruction of wisdom. Seven mental attributes are mentioned in Proverbs 1:3-5. The Biblical meaning of these can be summarized roughly as follows:

(1) “Knowledge” (synonymous with “science”): awareness of facts.

(2) “Understanding:” comprehension of meaning and inter-relationships of facts.

(3) “Instruction” (same as “correction”): reception of knowledge and understanding.

(4) “Discretion” (i.e., “thought”): ingenuity in planning use of facts.

(5) “Learning:” absorption and retention of facts and their use.

(6) “Wisdom:” character; ability to use one’s knowledge and understanding effectively in one’s own life and in dealing with others.

(7) “Wise counsels:” ability to convey wisdom to others; good advice.

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