Upright Paths. Proverbs 4:11

Proverbs 4:11

"I have taught you the way of wisdom;
I have led you in the paths of uprightness." ESV


Throughout Proverbs there is a very strong moral aspect to the idea of wisdom and folly. Wisdom versus folly is sometimes almost interchangeable with righteousness versus sin, good versus evil. This section is no exception.

 In 4:11 the author uses a synthetic parallelism. That means the first and second parts have parallel meanings, but the second part completes, or even expands, the meaning of the first. See it in the verse? The idea: the way of wisdom is expanded, or fleshed out, or elaborated on - by the idea: the paths of uprightness. 

This isn't something I'm just pulling out of thin air. If you look at the surrounding verses you will see strong moral language on both sides. The fight for wisdom is a battle for good and evil. The stakes are life and death.

The point is simple: wisdom is more than being smart. It is more than being diligent, or disciplined, or discerning. Wisdom is about the paths of uprightness. Wisdom is about morality.


If you would like to join us in reading through Proverbs this year, and subscribe to either a daily, or a weekly email, click here.

If you would like to share one of your favorite Proverbs, or some way the Proverbs have influenced you recently, post a comment below.