Proverbs 4:5

Get Wisdom (greek-sophos/saphes-Clarity, hebrew-chokmah), then get understanding (greek-suniemi-putting it all together, hebrew-biyn-distinguishing each matter).

Proverbs 8:1

Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice?

Plans - Future tense.


contrasts with


1 Corinthians 8:1-3

if any man "thinks/figures" he has seen — eido — anything, he has known nothing as he needs to know.

if he loves God, God has known (made a connection) to him.

Information - Past tense. knowledge — gnosis, yada — making connections, having the inside track — just puffs us up.


Genesis 3

The serpent, cunning, (hebrew-aruwm - smooth/bare/naked, greek-phronimos - wise, canny) entices Eve regarding fruit from the tree of knowledge of good (as seen in a building, in creation - but as Jesus said, only God is good) and evil (the opposite of good i.e. destruction) after God said it would cause certain death. But after Eve listened to the serpent, she saw the tree was to be coveted as it would make her wise (hebrew-sakal- skilful, successful, prosperous. In Greek-katanoeo- perceptive, observant). Yes, they were very young. And Eve gives the fruit to Adam.

Then Wisdom came, their eyes were opened, and they knew they were naked, uncovered, and the result was shame (hebrew-buwsh-pale, distracted, confused, delayed). So they covered themselves with aprons made from fig leaves. And in their independent actions, the knowledge of their nakedness / lack of covering brought fear, so they hid themselves. Yes, rushing ahead of God, not good. But tying it back to Proverbs 1:7, the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.


From: Stephen Williamson
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2012 8:23 AM
Subject: Dear old James 4

Hi all

Spent a few hours yesterday/this morning meditating on James 4, it’s a real “attack on coveting” chapter in Scripture. Regarding verse 5, see word by word translation below with hyperlinks, as Albert Barnes said in his commentary, “Few passages of the New Testament have given expositors more perplexity than this”.

James 4:5   Do you figure that the scripture speaks in vain towards envy, yearning (ever more), the spirit housed within us?

James 4:6 But he gives more grace (favour). Wherefore he says, "God resists the proud (literally the super shining ones), but gives grace to the humble (in the low place)". Pro 3:34, cf Pro 16:19, Ecc 7:8

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee (vanish away) from you.


Blessings all Steve

Stephen Williamson Computing Services Pty Ltd


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