Judah and Israel were as many as the sand by the sea. They ate and drank and were happy. And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand of the seashore. He…spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom. 1 Kings 4:20, 29, 32, and 34 ESV
God appointed David’s son Solomon as king over Judah and Israel and gave him what he requested, an understanding mind. The Israelites were finally at peace. Their enemies were defeated and people from other nations were now coming to their king to gain wisdom. Solomon wrote much of what would become the book of Proverbs.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instructions. Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you. Proverbs 1:7, 20, 22-23 ESV
Solomon states that fearing the LORD is the true beginning of knowledge, and then portrays Wisdom as a woman in the street, calling to the simple to gain understanding. Through the fear of the LORD and his wisdom, Solomon is able to usher in time of peace and prosperity for the people of Israel.
Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre. O God, my God. Psalm 43: 3-4 ESV
Dear God, please lead me with your truth and give me your wisdom. Please give me knowledge and discernment and help me follow your Word. In Your Holy Name, Amen.