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verse 23: “A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims folly.”

Former President George Bush once used the words “wouldn’t be prudent” in a speech; this quote gets used a lot by people lampooning or imitating him. It’s become of those memorable quotes you recall about famous people. But what is prudence?

Merriam-Webster.com defines prudence as: “1: the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason 2: sagacity or shrewdness in the management of affairs 3: skill and good judgment in the use of resources 4: caution or circumspection as to danger or risk ”

On page 215 of my Holman concordance on Proverbs is a deeper discovery about prudence: though the second word ‘arum is the one used here, the other definition is sakal, describing a positive character quality. “The person with this kind of prudence can think through a complex situation and determine a course that displays practical common sense.” The other word ‘arum is also used here in a good connotation. However in “other parts of the Scripture, this word group usually refers to the shrewd or crafty behavior of a person who schemes to harm others.”

Solomon here is referring to a wise man who thinks things through, who doesn’t just blurt out the answer without consideration first. The fool, on the other hand, always rushes blindly in, proclaiming to have the answer. I once dealt with a recruiting agent who tried to line me up with a job opportunity. Though the opportunity was good by itself, there were many factors to consider, to think through, and most importantly, to pray through. The recruiter tried to rush me into a decision; he said he had to know something now. So I then told him the answer was no, that I will not be rushed into such a major life-changing decision without proper consideration and prayer to God for guidance.

God gave us a brain to think things through. God also gives access to His wisdom, for those who will seek Him.

Have a blessed day!

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