In verses 16-18, Solomon seemed to make the same mistake many of us make: treating wisdom and knowledge as synonyms. But in the Hebrew, these are two distinct concepts. Knowledge (yada) is “the apprehension of the mind of some fact.” Wisdom (hokma) is “a moral rather than an intellectual quality.” As someone has said, knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit and not a vegetable; wisdom is knowing not to put one in a fruit salad.
But we can go a step further. Wisdom is not just a moral quality. Solomon himself personified divine wisdom when he wrote, “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence” (Prov. 8:12). Paul called Christ “the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:24). So wisdom is not an intellectual fact or simply a moral quality. Wisdom is a Person who can dwell with you. The key to living well and rightly in this world is to continually abide with Jesus—“Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27).
How has abiding in Christ kept you from despair?