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Cultivating Wisdom according to Proverbs

I’ve never heard someone say, “I wish I had less wisdom”, and I’m quite sure I never will.

Wisdom is one of the few things all of us should always aspire to have more of – never less – but unfortunately, true wisdom is something many will never have. Why? Because they refuse to trust this formula:

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An Individual + The Fear of the LORD = A Wise Person

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I believe this formula is true 100% of the time, and I did not come up with it on my own – this is what is taught at the beginning of the book of Proverbs:
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Proverbs Project: Accepting Correction & The Fear of the LORD

Proverbs related to Accepting Correction & The Fear of the LORD:

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Proverbs 1:7
7          The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

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Proverbs 1:23-33 [WISDOM PERSONIFIED SPEAKING]
23        If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.
24        But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
25        since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke,
26        I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you–
27        when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28      “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.
29        Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD,
30        since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,
31        they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32        For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33        but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

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