WFT- philosophy

15 December 2009

One of the earliest words that I was considering for a "Words For Thought" article was philosophy.

Rather than using Merriam Webster I had searched for this word on the Online Etymology Dictionary and found this:

philosophy from O.Fr. filosofie (12c.), from L. philosophia, from Gk. philosophia "love of knowledge, wisdom," from philo- "loving" + sophia "knowledge, wisdom," from sophis "wise, learned."

Meaning "system a person forms for conduct of life" is attested from 1771. Philosophize is attested from 1594.

While we should make our ear attentive to wisdom (Proverbs 2:2) it should be G-d's wisdom, since it is the Lord who gives wisdom (Proverbs 2:6).  Ya'akov (James) the brother of the Master tells us:

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.  And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (James 3:16-18)

We should not love knowlege or wisdom but the One who gives wisdom.  He is the goal not the knowledge or the wisdom.

Proverbs 3:13 tells us:

How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding.

As continues to grow and (Lord willing) provide insight from Scripture to present Messiah Yeshua may our focus (and yours, our readers) be in finding wisdom in the words of our G-d, Savior, and King.  May any wisdom found here be from He who is above all and be pure, peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, and without hypocrisy.

Blessed is His Name!

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