- Dr. Stieglitz
Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 17:16
"Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, when he has no sense?"
This is the Hebrew word mehir, which means price or hire. The fool wants to do things that seem wise and strategic, but they have no sense for the selflessness of true wisdom. It makes no sense to them.
This is the Hebrew word leb, which is most often translated heart or soul. What Solomon means is that there is not an inner man in the fool. This is the person who lives for the external moment. The fool wants to seem intelligent, but he is only about this world and its pleasures. So when the fool goes to buy wisdom, it is comical because they have no storage place to contain any wisdom they gain. They also do not know how or why to use wisdom.
A person with no soul cannot really contain wisdom. It is like trying to store dishes in a kitchen without cabinets.
Unless you have built up the ability to receive wisdom, it will make no sense to you even if you were to hear. There must be a previous orientation toward wise and godly actions.
What are you oriented towards? Are you oriented to doing what you want, to focusing on how comfortable your body is, to maximizing your personal wins at the expense of others?