Verse 1 – Most of the book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon, whom the Bible calls the wisest of men apart from Christ Himself. “So King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom. And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart” (1 Kings 10:23-24). Since God Himself imparted wisdom to Solomon, we can benefit from what he penned. God bestowed upon Solomon the ability to write and compose music: “For he was wiser than all men… And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five” (1 Kings 4:31-32). God continues to grant many people these same abilities today that we all may be blessed through writings and songs that come from His heart.
Solomon was endowed with both spiritual and practical wisdom. Wisdom is having insight into the true nature of things. It is being able to discern the mode of action that produces sensible results and having the understanding and knowledge to perceive what causes negative results. By the wisdom that God gives, we know what to do and how to do it. It enables us to avoid what results in destruction and to engage in what produces life and blessing.
Verse 2 – Wisdom is linked with instruction. To be wise, we must follow God’s instructions recorded in the Holy Bible. If we ask the Lord for godly wisdom, He will give it, along with the ability to understand the Bible. We must know the Bible’s Author to be able to understand the Bible’s words. It will mean nothing to us without a relationship with Jesus Christ, God’s Son. King Solomon gained wisdom because he had a relationship with God (2 Chronicles 1). We, too, can become wise, if we seek God with all our hearts and read the Book that He gave us.