Describe the teachings of Hebrew wisdom and diligence and laziness. How does this correspond with the contrast between wisdom and folly? Include Scripture references and quotations as appropriate.
Throughout the Bible, it speaks about wisdom and diligence. Along with wisdom and diligence, laziness comes into play. Since we live in a fallen world, we can not have wisdom and diligence without laziness. If we did not have laziness, then we would be living in a world that is more perfect in reality. As Christians, we are blessed by having God's word, so that we can apply the knowledge found in the Bible. On the other hand, non-believers have no such thing as the bible; thus, they try to correct themselves. One place in the
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If you remember, Solomon only asked for wisdom in the understanding of how to rule the kingdom. In 1 Kings 11:4, when Solomon was old, it appears that Solomon turned away from God and sought after other gods. Later, this passage shows how Solomon also sacrificed to foreign idols and constructed structures for them. After seeing what Solomon had done, the Lord became angry with Solomon and said, “Because you insist on doing these things and have not kept the rules of the covenant that I gave you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.” (Kings 11:11 NIV). It was a shame that Solomon turned his back on God, and started to worship new idols towards the end of his life. These sins that he committed against God are a great example that even the wisest human being who lived on this earth sinned miserably. No one is perfect; thus, that is why we have to seek after the Lord and follow his wisdom. We have a great advantage since we can read God's word, the Bible so that we can live according to God's perfect plan for us. Solomon said it best, we need to live in a way that would express gratitude to the one who gave us life.
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