How does “wisdom” differ from “knowledge”?

“Knowledge” can be defined simply as a certainty about information. It is the sum of familiarity, understanding, and awareness of things perceived, discovered, or learned.

Wisdom can be summarized as putting information to work by discerning and making the best possible choices based on available information (certain or otherwise).

Pr 1:20-22 Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? Godly wisdom cries out for lost souls. It begs for the lost to come and know the Lord. If you know the Lord, if you understand salvation, what value is it if you do not stretch out your hand with the information as a gift to those who need it? They may resist, longing to remain carnal. The wise will cry out, weeping for the lost, seeking to teach them about the Lord and Savior.

Pr 8:12 I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. Wisdom is seeking. Wisdom not only seeks to share itself with the lost, but to grow and increase itself along the way. There is no way to fully know everything there is to know about God. This does not excuse us from making the effort to grow in our knowledge, love and obedient service of Him every day.

This post is an excerpt (Question 5.8) from my book Ask James one.

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About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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2 Responses to How does “wisdom” differ from “knowledge”?

  1. Todd Beal says:

    Lance,

    | “Knowledge” can be defined simply as a certainty about information. It is the sum of familiarity, understanding, and awareness of things perceived, discovered, or learned.

    Wisdom can be summarized as putting information to work by discerning and making the best possible choices based on available information (certain or otherwise). |

    This is the very best definition of knowledge and wisdom I have ever heard or read. From now on, this will be my definition of choice.

    Also, I love this “Wisdom” section in proverbs, and actually, it is one of my favorite passages in the entire Bible. I simply never grow tired of reading it.

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