Am I a Wise Woman?
"Every wise woman has built her house,
But the foolish breaks it down with her hands."
Continuing on with identifying some of the characteristics of women located throughout the scriptures. What type of woman are we? Virtuous, Wise, Foolish, Strange or a combination? Proverbs has so many scripture in relation to the portrayal of someone who is considered to have Wisdom or be Wise.
For better understanding I wanted to do a quick study of the word WISDOM in Hebrew used in the Scripture above. Wont touch on it here too much at-least I'll try not too! :)
- The word WISE /WISDOM
- Chokmah / Khokmah
- H2451 / 2454
- חָכְמוֹת / חָכְמָה
- Chakam / Origin of Chokmah)
Which means to be skilled, to be able to decide or discern between good and bad, right and wrong; to act correctly in thought and action. Having a deep understanding of a craft.
From this we learn that the word Wisdom or "Chokmah" in Hebrew means to be skilled, able to discern. The ability to be able to separate. You basically know something, understand it, and mastered it through your actions. So through the definition, I've realized that a lot of it has to do with, First how we consciously think of the matter, then how we understand the matter, which dictates how we act on the matter. A wise woman builds her home because she understands the benefits that come along with doing such. Whereas the one who is foolish, does not know where she goes has no direction.
When I make decision's do I truly use wisdom?
Here are some other scriptures that testify of Wisdom. Chokmah.
Proverbs 1: 5
"The wise one hears and increases learning,
And the understanding one gets wise counsel,"
Proverbs 13: 10
"By pride comes only strife,
But wisdom is with those who take advice."
To be wise is something that is to be desired! Don't believe me?
"And the woman saw that the tree
was good for food, that it was pleasant
to the eyes, and a tree desirable
to make one wise,
and she took of its fruit and ate.
And she also gave to her husband
with her, and he ate."
The Wise Women VS The Foolish Women
1“Then the reign of the heavens shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
2“And five of them were wise, and five foolish.
3“Those who were foolish, having taken their lamps, took no oil with them,
4 but the wise took oil in their containers with their lamps.
5“Now while the bridegroom took time, they all slumbered and slept.
6“And at midnight a cry was heard, ‘See, the bridegroom is coming, go out to meet him!’
7“Then all those maidens rose up and trimmed their lamps.
8“And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’
9“But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, indeed, there would not be enough for us and you. Instead, go to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
10“And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut.
11“And later the other maidens also came, saying, ‘Master, Master, open up for us!’
12“But he answering, said, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
There is so much that could be said in regards to this parable! -However to keep it short and sweet - The Wise Women, knew to be prepared for his arrival. They may not have known the hour of his return. However mindful of it, and understanding that it was a possibility he may return at night, their ACTIONS follow suit and they brought oil.
Whereas, the Foolish Women, lacking wisdom and understanding were not prepared for it and missed out on their opportunity.
Attribute this as today. Many of us live life and carry ourselves, without a care, or perhaps we do care but without wisdom and understanding.
When the unexpected comes upon us, where there signs that could of made our handling of the matter or situation at hand prosperous or successful?
One thing I Like to point out is how this passage right here states something that may have been missed by many. There where TEN maidens waiting for whom? ONE bridegroom. :) I know many people have disagreement in regards to this topic. So maybe one day I may touch on it so let's let it marinate ;)
With That being said, I pray that these words help to identify whether our actions have been of that of someone who is Wise or Foolish. Look at the fruits that we bare, and the ones by those who are amongst us. Are they righteous?
May we find better ways to correct ourselves to become Perfect as YHUH has intended us to be. Because it is good/functional for us. Which is achievable.
Am I a Wise Woman?
"The Torah of the wise is a fountain of life,
Turning one away from the snares of death."