The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge
inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding, inclination,
- Prudent: discernment;
the ability to comprehend information and to make proper decisions based
on the information; process information and so respond in an appropriate
Solomon tells us that discerning men obtain knowledge in their
- In other
words, men who have the ability to process information properly and use
it to respond in an appropriate manner VALUE knowledge!
- It has
benefited them greatly.
want as much knowledge as they can get.
15:2 – some
men know how to USE knowledge aright. That is a most valuable asset!
i. Wise men not only possess knowledge,
but they know what to DO with it… they use it well.
ii. It would not be very wise if a man
had all kinds of knowledge, and let it go to waste… if he DIDN’T use it well.
implication here is that men who do NOT have discernment (men who do NOT
know how to process information and use it properly) do NOT obtain
- They do
not see the value in knowledge as a discerning man does.
they are not able to USE it properly and are thus not BENEFITED by it…
they do not see its practical value.
they don’t value it, they don’t seek to obtain it.
- And –
therefore, they don’t have much of it.
- A prudent
man GETS knowledge.
- Get: to
get, acquire, create, buy, possess.
- The term
get is quite broad. It may imply that there are lots of ways to obtain
prudent man will get it, buy it, acquire it, any upright way that he can!
14:18 - the
prudent are crowned with knowledge.
i. Knowledge is like a crown he wears…
ii. A crown identifies a man as royalty.
iii. Knowledge marks a man as royalty in
a sense… a king of knowledge; a position of honor.
- And the
obtaining comes from the HEART.
- He has a
heart that is hungry for knowledge.
desires knowledge deep within his heart… his inner man.
15:14 – “The
heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge.” The desire
originates in his heart.
i. It is not just his HEAD that obtains
knowledge, but his heart.
ii. The knowledge is obviously processed
through his head, but the hunger to obtain it stems from the heart.
iii. He seeks knowledge from his heart – wholeheartedly
iv. This is not superficial or phony. It
is the desire of his heart.
v. A wise man is never satisfied
with the wisdom he has. He always SEEKS more.
vi. A truly wise man is aware of how
much he does NOT know… and hence, seeks to learn.
vii. A wise man’s education does not end
when he graduates from school. That’s when it begins!
heart is hungry for it and therefore his heart GETS
- It is
not mere intellectual stimulation (head) he is after. His HEART wants
this knowledge… because deep down inside he knows how valuable it is… how
beneficial it is… how helpful it is…
- Prov.24:4-6 - And by knowledge
shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
i. By wisdom and knowledge, houses are
built, established and filled with goods.
ii. This is true of a literal house, a
home, and also of any endeavor… any business… any project.
iii. He knows what good practical use
it may be to him - if not today, tomorrow.
proverbs serve to exhort young people to obtain a good education!
And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge
- Wise: a
wise man; a learned sage; a skilled, shrewd, experienced man.
term stands almost as a synonym for prudent.
- There are
a couple of contrasts here:
Prudent men obtain
knowledge; wise men seek knowledge.
of a prudent man… the ear of a wise man.
- The EAR
of a wise man seeks knowledge.
- The wise
man not only DESIRES it is his heart, but he DOES something
to obtain it.
LISTENS when other wise men speak.
- The fool
is often described in proverbs as one who does not listen. The wise man
1:22 – fools hate knowledge! They think they know it all already. Why
loveth instruction loveth knowledge. (Prov. 12:1)
– they hate instruction… or correction.
folly – for correction and instruction is HELPFUL! It is necessary… it is
- If a
person is doing something the wrong way, why would he NOT want to be
corrected… to be given the correct information? The answer is his foolish
- The fool
does not have an ear for knowledge… because of his pride. He THINKS he
doesn’t need it… but he does.
1:5 – “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning;
and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise
- Just desiring
knowledge will not result in attaining it. You have to listen.
You have to go get it!
- Seek: search; inquire;
investigate, implying a diligence in the procurement of the information;
- Wise men
SEEK knowledge… they inquire where it may be found; they get off their
rocking chair and search for it; they investigate diligently until they
- Wise men
are humble enough to realize that they do not presently KNOW
enough. They may know a lot, but not enough. How much is enough?
realize that there is always more to learn. The wiser the
man is, the more inquisitive he will be about knowledge... and the more
he will desire to hear.
1:7 - The
first step towards knowledge is the “fear of the Lord.” This involves
humility… before God… bowing before Him in reverence… acknowledging the
VALUE of every word of God.
- Prov. 19:2 – “Also, that the
soul be without knowledge, it is not good.” It is NOT good to be
without knowledge. It is good to have it. It is valuable… it is worth
- Prov.20:15 - There is gold, and a
multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
23:12 - Apply
thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears
to the words of knowledge.
- The book
of Proverbs is a great place to HEAR knowledge.
1:4 – it was written so that young men might obtain knowledge.
your “ear” to what Solomon said many centuries ago!
– seeking with diligence results in FINDING knowledge.
- Wise men lay up knowledge. (In Proverbs we have lots of wisdom already
laid up for us!)
wise men will also be wise enough to seek for GOOD knowledge.
- We live
in an age of knowledge and information overload.
- It takes
discernment to know WHERE to look for valuable information… and
which information is useless trivia…
- He can
tell the difference between information that is like a gem
and that which is more like useless chaff.
internet is a wonderful tool. It can enable us to search for valuable
information… or it can be a colossal waste of time spent on useless
better place to spend time gleaning knowledge than in the Word of God?
- Ps. 19:7
– the law of the Lord makes wise the simple.
- II Pet.
3:18 – we are commanded to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord
knowledge is helpful and valuable in the natural realm, how much MORE in
the spiritual realm?
could we ever be satisfied with the depth of the knowledge of God we
presently possess? For all eternity we will be growing in the knowledge
goal in life was to “KNOW HIM” more and more. That should be our goal in
heart should hunger for the knowledge of Christ… and our
ears should seek more and more…
- And if
we truly hunger and seek – we will FIND it.