Wisdom Found by Listening

Another excerpt from our newly published book “Considering Wisdom

Chapter 6 (pgs 77-79)

A key factor when we consider wisdom is the trait of listening. The words listen, listened, and listens are seen in the Bible over 350 times. To listen does not mean to give ear only to the sound being emitted.

“Listen: 1) to give ear; to attend closely with a view to hear. 2) To obey; to yield to advice; to follow admonition.”[1]

Following is just a small sample of how listening has to do with wisdom:

Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days. (Proverbs 19:20)

Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge. (Proverbs 19:27)

Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding. (Proverbs 23:22–23)

A wise man listens to advice. (Proverbs 12:15b NIV)

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