A Soul Without Knowledge
Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.Proverbs 19:2
It is difficult to go through life without an education. We can see babies constantly looking to take in as much information as they can. We often hear parents say that their baby is like a sponge. This is a true statement of any baby. It is their nature. They desire information (knowledge) so they can make sense of the world (understanding).
This verse says that it is not good to be without knowledge. This doesn’t mean that everyone needs to have a university education, but they need to have a desire to learn. Self education is what we participate in for our entire lives. Now it is a matter of how much work we actually put into it.
There has never been a time in our world when a person could so easily obtain knowledge than the times we live in today. Even without access to the internet, there are free resources available in just about any community.
I’ve traveled in many countries and love going into public libraries to see what they might have available. Sadly, free access to information is not a privilege every citizen of the world has available to them through a good public library system. But, that doesn’t mean that self-education is not possible. With curiosity and a desire to meet wiser and more experienced people, a person can obtain a better education than what they have now.
However, if you are reading this, then you have access to information. Avail yourself to that information. An ignorant soul is not a good soul.
A Soul With Wisdom
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.Proverbs 19:8
The one who works to obtain wisdom is one who loves himself. This is not an inappropriate self-centeredness; rather, it is a desire for improvement. It is a desire to learn how to understand the world and make wise decisions in light of that understanding.
Getting wisdom requires work. After knowledge is obtained, there has to be some experience with that knowledge to bring about understanding. The application of that understanding brings wisdom. Work is required.
The word translated getteth in verse 8 means to buy, trade, obtain. The idea is like that of a merchant who is always on the hunt for products to buy, sell and trade. He doesn’t accidentally find something that he can take to the marketplace. He is actively in search of new products.
We should always be searching for wisdom. Remember that Proverbs 4 says we can get wisdom and understanding. It is not something outside our abilities to obtain.
The second half of the verse says that the one who keeps a guard on his understanding will find those good things he has been searching for.