Do You Deal with Knowledge – Proverbs 13:16

Proverbs 13:16 “Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly. ”

Proverbs 14:8 and 16:22 shed more light on understanding the prudent and what the folly of fools is.

“The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.” Proverbs 14:8

“Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.” Proverbs 16:22

The prudent

  1. Understands his way. He lives with purpose. He seeks to know what God wants him to do and then does it.
  1. Fears the Lord, because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Prov. 1:7)

The fool’s

  1. Folly = deceit. In other words they are liars and beguile others and themselves. They are someone who tells half-truths.
  1. Instruction = be dishonest.

The prudent man believes that God orchestrates his circumstances and seeks to live according to this knowledge (Rom. 8:28, 12:1-2). The foolish guy is a compete opposite. He rejects this knowledge, and lives according to his own deceitful and wicked heart’s content (Jer. 17:9).

Now let’s apply it. Today, am I living according to my own deceitful heart’s whims like the fool (Prov. 28:26). Or, am I living prudently, realizing God is in control, and seeking to live for His glory no matter what comes my way? Am I dealing with knowledge or laying open the folly of my heart? Does my life evidence God’s control?


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