As I introduce a new series on the book of Proverbs, I thought it might be helpful to define some of the words found often in the book that I think are interesting.
I am posting this at the beginning of a 31-day series of posts on Proverbs. I will update this post as I go through the month. Therefore, you might want to come back to this one when the month is over to see the updates.
The words wisdom, wise, wiser, and wisely are found 119 times in the book of Proverbs. The vast majority of the time it is a Hebrew word that can also be translated as skill.
What does wisdom (typically thought of as applied knowledge) and skill have to do with one another? They are both learned. I think this is one of the biggest lessons of Proverbs: you aren’t expected to know everything, but you can acquire wisdom by applying the principles found in the book of Proverbs and the rest of the Bible.
Scorner is not a word we use regularly today, but we have all experienced the actions of a scorner. The base word means to talk arrogantly, to boast, to mock, and (my favorite) to make mouths at.
You probably never did this yourself, but you may have seen this in school. The teacher tells another student to do something they don’t want to do and the student turns around to his friends and mimics the teacher talking with a mocking smirk or head wag. That is exactly the idea of this word scorner: to move the lips mockingly.
This word is interesting in that, in the Bible, the underlying Hebrew word is only ever found in the book of Proverbs. It means lazy, slothful, sluggish.
This is not talking about someone who is taking a day off. But it is a descriptive word meaning someone who is like this as