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What is Knowledge?
Knowledge can be defined as facts, information and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.
Why is knowledge important?
Let us ask ourselves- If we didn’t know how to eat, drink, talk, read, write, walk, run, laugh, play, cry, swim, get dressed, be creative, express our love for one another, help one another- what would our lives be like? Would it be like that of a bird, or a cat or a dog or an ant, or a mouse or a fish? But surely other creatures other than human seem to instinctively know how to do some of these things- so what make us humans different? Is it that humans have the ability to seek knowledge in a different way? Perhaps in a way that helps us to distinguish good from evil, right from wrong? If so- what is the benefit of knowing what is good and bad if we cannot then use it to apply this knowledge to fix the worlds problems? Is it that humans have this responsibility of fixing this world’s problems through knowledge of good and evil? Is it that humans having free will can therefore choose to wither willingly accept this purpose of theirs after the knowledge has come to them? And what is the Knowledge of God?- How does one get to Know God better than all of His other creatures? Do Humans have the ability to Know God better than all other creatures because of their ability to know good and evil? and through reflection about His Beautiful Attributes and incorporating them into our own lives? - For surely God is Good- and how would we Know good without knowing the opposite? How would we know the opposite if we didn’t live a life of struggle- of ups and down, a life of duality? How do we appreciate the state of paradise and eternity if we do not have knowledge of Hell and death itself?
According to Scripture- knowledge and wisdom is a blessing for those who have it. It is more precious than gold and silver and delightful than precious jewels. Those who seek it and find it realise that the material of this life is temporary- like a flower that withers and dies and turns into dust, whereas wisdom, knowledge, and love can be a journey that is infinite and everlasting and one which leads to inner Peace if used in a creative way.
How can we reach a truth without knowledge? One may ask- “But why is it important to seek Truth?” But how can we know what is right from wrong or good and bad without truth? One may ask “but why do we need to know what is good and bad?” But how can we know what benefits us and what harms us without knowledge of right Vs wrong, good Vs bad? One may ask- “but why do we need to know what harms us and what benefits us?” –Why are we asking so many questions? - perhaps then we should simply surrender to the Will of God and stop asking so many questions? Surely- He knows best what is good for us and what is bad for us? Why not just accept that He knows best and follow His Guidance and obey His Commandments? One may continue asking… “But how do we know that His commandments are Truth?” – well- perhaps here lies the answer- through knowledge, wisdom and understanding… Once the commandments are written on our hearts- and we are convinced of its truth-surely then it is our responsibility to willingly obey… and surely then we will be held questionable?
But what use is knowledge to the world without wisdom on how to best use it to benefit others? And why would one feel an urge to share it with others if they did not want for others what they wanted for themself? So how can knowledge be applied in a way that pleases God -without Love or wisdom?
Some Concepts for reflection:
Is it enough to simply know? Do we truly know what we read about or are taught- if we do not experience? How do become become to know so well that we truly understand? How is the weight of our knowledge measured? Is it measured? Is it measured in intentions? Or words or actions? Is it that one confirms the next? If actions confirm the knowledge of our words, and words confirm the knowledge of our hearts, then surely with books alone and being taught of knowledge from our fathers and their fathers through generations of teaching is not enough to confirm our knowledge of faith in God? Surely without truthfulness and the confirmation of our faith through deeds, our knowledge becomes worthless? Surely without Truth and wisdom and Love, knowledge does not have a form of expression or meaning in this worldy life?
How can we gain and truly appreciate knowledge if we do not actively and willingly seek it? Why should we seek it if we do not understand its importance? How do we understand its importance without wisdom? How do we appreciate wisdom without using our hearts minds and souls? How can we use our hearts and minds without our physical senses? How can we use our senses without our physical being in creation? What would our senses perceive if everything was the same and constant? So surely only through a life of duality and constant change and creation can our senses perceive in a way that makes sense of wisdom in a way that helps us to appreciate and use it to apply the knowledge that we seek?
What is the use of knowledge as ‘words’ if we cannot ‘understand’ it? How can we ‘understand’ knowledge without using logic and reason? Is not the driving force behind the seeking of truth our mind? Is not the driving force behind sharing our knowledge and wisdom and using it to benefit others our hearts? What part does our soul play in this? Is it that our souls find inner peace in striving to know God? Is that the driving force behind both our heart and mind combined?
What is the point of knowledge if we cannot apply it as wisdom? How can we apply knowledge in a way that helps others if the sharing of it doesn’t come from love? So without love, what is the benefit of knowledge to the world?
Isn’t ignorance a bliss? Wasn’t Adam and Eve happy in the garden of Eden before they ate of the ‘tree of knowledge of good and evil?’ Was it the knowledge itself that led to their ‘fall from paradise’ or was it the disobedience to God that led to their worldly struggle and eventual death. Why were they forbidden the tree of life once they had eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil? Abrahamic scripture always advises us to seek knowledge and wisdom and understanding- so it is reasonable to conclude that it is not the knowledge of good and evil which is destructive that leads to death but that it is the disobedience to God after the knowledge has come to us. Once man receives words from God about what is right and what is wrong- it is the rejection of this guidance ( from my understanding \)and knowingly disobeying the guidance which leads to physical and spiritual death. This state of belief that one is ‘self-sufficient’ and ‘knows better than God Himself and does not need to ‘rely’ on God as the source of life and provision and existence is like being ‘arrogant’ in the eyes of God, and this is something we can perhaps relate to the story of “iblis’ or Satan’ having fallen from Heaven due to his willing disobedience to God’s command when He made Adam and asked the angels to prostrate before him, but Iblis ( Satan) refused because he believed himself to be ‘better’ than Adam as Satan was made from fire and Adam from Clay. So why would a loving God allow us in this state to then be allowed to eat from the Tree of Life and be eternally in this state of spiritual death of willing disobedience to God’s commandments? Surely He would want us to spend time earth and learn how to regain the knowledge and wisdom and understanding to be able to willingly ‘surrender’ ourselves back into His Divine Will before we are allowed to eat from the Tree of Life and become eternal? In this way we see that the only way to regain spiritual life is through surrendering to the will of God and willingly accepting that He knows best what is good for us and what is bad for us, obeying His commandments once they are written on our hearts, and showing gratitude to His Provision by using the provision He gives us by helping others through love. So using wisdom to gain knowledge, and applying this knowledge through love and wisdom by sharing it with others to the best of our abilities and potentials.
According to Scripture, sin that is done out of ignorance is forgivable if once the person who committed the sin becomes aware and repents and mends their ways. So why not just live a life of ignorance- because then all of our sins will be forgiven if it is not our fault, and if the evil we were committing we did not know of? Isn’t it safer to live a life of ignorance than that of knowledge? Surely with seeking knowledge and gaining knowledge comes a huge responsibility to then have to apply it in a wise way and puts us into a situation where we are to be summoned by the ultimate Judge? Does living a life in ignorance allow us to be like a child, without responsibility and eat and drink as we desire, do as we please and enjoy life to the maximum potential? Did Adam and Eve choose ( using their free will) to accept the task of responsibility in this lower realm by eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil in order to do Gods will on earth? Is that the purpose of Man? Or were they tempted by an enemy of God- one of ego and arrogance who knowingly assumed to be better than others of His Creation while knowing the Truth? Was evil intended for those on earth or is it a natural existence that is present when we willingly and knowingly detach ourselves from Good?- If so then surely it must be possible to willingly surrender to His Divine Will and detach ourselves from all that is evil in this world so that even what appears to be bad can in fact be good for us? – Is Paradise therefore a state in this worldly existence or only possible in the Hereafter?
But what are our hearts and minds naturally inclined to do? Where does the natural yearning of seeking knowledge and Truth come from? Is it instinctive? Is it the soul’s natural desire to seek knowledge and wisdom? And if so then why do so many of us reject that path of seeking truth? A baby born into this world naturally develops to ‘learn’ and ‘grow’ in order to be able to become one day ‘self-sufficient’ as much as physically possible. Other animals learn to walk, and talk, and hunt, and provide for themselves- but we all go through a constant physical development in this natural world. One could argue that this natural inclination to ‘grow’ and learn’ requires knowledge and wisdom in some shape or form. Humans as an exception to other creatures in this physical world have the ability to use logic reason and self-reflection to then further develop their growth, in a mental, physical, emotional and spiritual sense using their free will according to the best of their abilities. So why is that some of us choose not to do this- and if we choose a life of ignorance then is this forgivable in the eyes of God our Creator?
My understanding is that with knowledge comes a huge responsibility. Willingly seeking knowledge and then willingly applying this knowledge while obeying His commandments ( after the knowledge has come to them) to help others of His Creation however enables man to spiritually ascend to a state where they can be closer to God than the Angels themselves- because their surrender to Him and choice to live a life as His ‘servant’ is out of free will and not out of compulsion. If God is Peace, and love, and compassion, and wisdom, and all the beautiful concepts that we learn about through living in this physical world as spiritual beings- then the one who is near Him, benefits from sharing in these qualities which bring upon his soul- everlasting Peace. Those who do not want to take on that responsibility may choose to live a life of ignorance. However with ignorance comes a lack of wisdom which leads to a life of stunted growth in the physical, spiritual mental and emotional wellbeing perspective. Those individuals who knowingly refuse and reject to seek a path of Truth and knowledge and wisdom and understanding through self- reflection and mindfulness, and through taking responsibility for their behaviour, therefore can never reach a state of spiritual Peace that is Everlasting. However what about those of us who out of true ignorance lack the ability to seek knowledge and wisdom? For example due to having a low IQ or a disability of some sort?- From my understanding- these will be able to enjoy the state of peace as much as any other, because they will not be held responsible for their lack of freedom or ability to choose or reject the path of seeking knowledge.
So we can come to understand that as a human- we naturally yearn to learn and grow, just like all other creatures, and that our inclincation to seeking Truth is most likely a natural state of being. But how can we seek Truth without seeking knowledge? How can we seek knowledge without wisdom about its importance and benefits? How can we truly seek Truth without the knowledge being written on our hearts? It all comes down to having a direct connection with our Creator- as we are all inclined naturally to seek His help in the moment of despair like a baby wailing for assistance- who is best to come to our Assistance and more Able than the One who Created us? Some of us can ‘forget’ this during times of ease and abundance, and perhaps that is why sometimes moments of struggle and hardship can create an opportunity for our souls to reconnect and remember where we came from and Who it is we truly rely on for Life, and therefore knowledge and wisdom and spiritual, physical and emotional growth.
Through gaining knowledge and understanding and wisdom through the ‘Pen’ and from experience, about life itself, about our own existence, and our environment around us including the creatures within it, we learn about the beautiful attributes of God Himself. Sometimes we face hardship and struggles and loss in our lives- but it is often during these broken times that we gain the opportunity to learn the most. Through self-reflection and mindful contemplation, the human being is able to compare the opposites of existence, life Vs death, love Vs hatred, Peace Vs war, good Vs bad etc, and the more extreme we experience these opposites, the more we really ‘know’ them. This way we can learn how to choose the attributes we want to be part of, decide ourselves willingly whether or not we want to share those attributes with others and choose either to lead a creative or destructive life to various degrees and levels according to the best of our abilities and talents- by using our senses of hearing, seeing, feeling and by using our speech and behaviour. Those who have been through the depths of Hell are more likely to be able to truly appreciate and ‘know’ the state of ‘paradise’ and how to get there using the wisdom that they grasped during their times of hardship.
Therefore through knowledge and wisdom we are able to be more ‘creative’ and ‘grow’ in both the spiritual and physical sense by connecting to our Source of Creation, our source of Wisdom, of Knowledge and Truth and Love. We become creative when we start to use our knowledge and understanding according to our abilities and talents to help others, like vessels of light, or like roots from a tree providing water to its branches- all part of the same tree, bearing fruit to help feed the rest of creation. Like children born into this world, we naturally incline to learning from our environment, through that which is written in books through reading and writing, through the guidance passed down to us from our parents and our societies. But how do we know that what we follow as ‘guidance’ is in fact the real truth? We all get to a point in our lives where we are able to some extent make our own choices according to our own individual abilities. It is then up-to us to ask those questions- and be naturally inclining to ‘Truth’ and question even the knowledge that has been passed down to us. Each soul has its own individual path and journey and ability and freedom to do this. And unless we are convinced of the importance of seeking truth through knowledge and wisdom and understanding through using logic and reason and experience- then how can we know when to ask questions and at what point to stop?
The more we learn and gain of knowledge and understanding, the more we often realise that the universal Knowledge of existence is vast, and that in fact we know very little, and only that which we are permitted to know about. The mystical journey into knowledge we realise is in fact infinite, and that God is continually creating and changing creation- so it would be impossible to keep up. We realise that we are mere beings of His Creation, insignificant in one sense, and extraordinary in another- in that we have the ability granted to us to reflect and understand with His Permission the Beauty of His Creation and His Attributes, and the freedom to choose whether or not we worship Him using the blessings and opportunities we have been granted. We come to realise that the state we are, is the state we choose to be, according to His Divine Will and that we are invited to take an active part of His creation in this world by using Him as our Source, and ourselves as vessels for His Light and His Word. When seeking Truth through knowledge and wisdom and understanding, we can reach a point in our lives where we ‘know’ that His Word and guidance is Truth- and it is when we make a covenant with Him to surrender to His purpose and obey His commands, that we become servants of His Light. It is like entering into a relationship with our Creator, and He becomes our friend. His Spirit helps us in everything we say or do in His Name, when blessed with knowledge and understanding, becomes an act of worship, and so blessed also becomes the recipients of our speech and behaviour. What we create in His Name becomes a blessing to those who use it- because it ‘helps’ them through their journeys into the realm of the Unknown, helps them to connect also with their creator and becomes vessels of His love and wisdom as part of the family.
How can Knowledge help us?
According to Abrahamic Scripture, with knowledge of good and bad, comes the 'Fear' of God- or God-consciousness. Because with knowledge and understanding comes an ability to distinguish truth from falsehood, right from wrong, of good from bad, so that through wisdom one can apply the knowledge of God in a way that benefits themselves and the rest of creation in a way that pleases God. But we see that man has divided themselves into many sects of religion- each claiming that they are right and others are wrong- so how do we distinguish which sect is in fact telling the truth? -Again I believe from my understanding from the Abrahamic scriptures that the answer lies in seeking truth, with knowledge and wisdom and understanding and opening our hearts to guidance from God- our Source of all Knowledge- if all people from all sects and divisions did this- I wonder whether religion would exist at all? For we would learn that the major religions teach the same concepts- that of love, peace, tolerance, respect, compassion, kindness, justice, forgiveness, gratitude, truthfulness etc…
Through knowledge and understanding, and through its application in wisdom- we learn about what is right and what is wrong. What is good and what is bad. Thererfore we can knowingly choose to shun what is bad for us, and seek that which is good. Through seeking that which is good, we can become vessels of light which can then enable the Good from Heaven to shine in all we say and do to others in this physical world, and ourselves and others can enjoy the fruits of His Provision and our efforts in a way that brings peace and love and happiness to the world in which we live. This way we humans can help to fix the worlds problems and suffering that comes from the lack of acknowledgement of God in the lower realms of Knowledge. Through knowledge and wisdom and understanding we learn how to distinguisih good from bad and we learn how to separate the two. Through understanding of all that is good- we learn more about the beautiful good attributes of our Creator and how to apply these attributes in our own lives and therefore produce fruit as a tree which benefits others in humanity. We become an image of God in this physical existance and provide an opportunity to be Creative by His Will. Through knowledge we also learn that the more we ‘know’ the more we realise that we know very little and that the Source of Knowledge is with God, and that without connecting to Him and staying connected to Him as a our Source of Life and Knowledge through rememberance of His Name in all that we say and do to the best of our abilities- that we are nothing and will eventually die. Through knowledge we learn about our soul purpose. Through seeking Truth we learn how to stay true to ourselves by being true to Our Creator, and that the only way to attain everlasting Peace and bliss is through the willing surrender to His Will. We also learn that with knowledge comes responsibility and that application of the knowledge we gain is the gift which can help others and therefore truly help ourselves get even closer to God’ Presence. So a gateway to Everlasting Peace is through Knowledge and the correct application of it.
How can Knowledge help others?
The knowledge that we gain through learning from others, reading, and experience are then with us and we have the choice according to our various abilities to choose what we do with it. Let us ask- what is the use of a book that sits all day, year after year on a bookshelf in an empty house, or hidden away as a precious secret in a cave in a desert? What use does the knowledge contained in that book have to creation? The person that has knowledge of that book may choose to go and live on a beautiful island and hide themselves from others in this world and think of themselves as ‘special’ because they were granted access to the information that others do not now have access to. What is the point of a persons experience of hardship in what may feel like the depths of hellfire, where they were able to learn ways of getting out of it, wisdom through experience, if they then sit back and watch others go through that same experience, without holding out a helping hand to help that person by sharing their own wisdom about ways that can help them through that difficult time? Both of these situations have something missing from them- that is ‘Love.’ If knowledge and wisdom and understanding can enable us to seek truth and learn about the beautiful attributes of God that we can then learn how to incorporate into our own lives- what is the beauty of it all if we cannot then use our knowledge to then make a difference to the world around us in a way that we have learned to be ‘positive?’ Is it not an ‘arrogance’ to assume that we are more deserving of that knowledge than others? In Whose Hands does this knowledge belong? Is it our own or is it from the All-Knowing, The Sustainer of existence- Our Creator Who knows both the seen and the unseen? Are we assuming that the knowledge we have is ‘enough’ to give us inner peace? If that is the case then we are arrogant fools and negativity will surround us wherever we go, wherever we try to escape to. Because with knowledge we learn from Scripture, comes a responsibility. A responsibility to use it wisely and to be grateful for it, and to stay connected to the Source of Knowledge so that we may continue to grow and get closer to Him. Ingratitude, and a belief that we are more deserving of something than someone else, or that we are ‘special’ leads to arrogance which then becomes a ‘blockage’ in our ability to be vessels of His Light and Wisdom- the purpose of our creation.
So knowledge can help us if we willingly choose to share that knowledge with others by being ‘creative.’ In order to grasp the true meaning of the knowledge in our hands, we require understanding and wisdom. Understanding requires use of reason and logic, and requires a truth inclining mind. Sharing with others requires Love and obedience and humility and an open heart.
All of humanity have been granted some sort of knowledge that they can use according to the best of their abilities to help others. Whether it is something they have learnt through a challenging times, whether it is through reading, whether it is something they have been taught from their teachers or parents. Even just ‘being’ and sharing silence can be a way of sharing knowledge through acts of loving kindness- a smile, a friendly look into another’s soul, for surely actions speak louder than words? Anything we do that can benefit another person or creature in this world can be considered this way to be an act of sharing knowledge to help others through love.
But According to Abrahamic Scriptures, the more we have, the more will be expected of us, the less we give, the more will be taken from us, and the less we have the less will be expected from us. Because no Soul is tasked beyond its capacity and God is All-knowing of our abilities and individual paths and journeys. It is important to remember that during our journeys of seeking and sharing knowledge that we do not judge others on their paths- let us concentrate on our own journeys as we will only be held responsible for our own hearts minds and souls.
Often people find that when they start to share the love and knowledge that they have gained, it gives them a sense of ‘peace’ within as it creates a purpose for our soul struggles that we have been through by making a positive difference to lives of others. It becomes like an act of sacrifice, and selflessness- and this we find is a path to inner peace.
How can we become more knowledgeable?
From my understanding from Scripture- here are some ways that can help us to become more knowledgeable:
Turning to our Source of Knowledge, Our Creator- asking Him for Guidance and inclining to Truth. Praying for Knowledge and Wisdom instead of materialistic blessings can be a difficult thing to do, but without speaking it and doing it- we do not confirm that it is what our hearts truly seek. The gates of knowledge and wisdom become open once our souls know that our hearts truly desire it.
Gratitude for our blessings- by sharing it with others and using our blessings to benefit humanity and creation
Humility- not assuming that we ‘know’ more than others, or that we are ‘better’ or more ‘deserving’ than anyone else. Not assuming ourselves to be self-sufficient and acknowledging that all that we have can be taken away from us if He pleases. In His Hands are the keys to the knowledge of all things- both seen and unseen. When we reach a point where we think we know everything, we stop growing- knowledge is an infinite path to God.
Listen to others and learn from their wisdom and experience and knowledge
Use logic and reason to ‘question’ the truth in everything you hear or learn about- how can we reach answers without asking questions and pondering on information shown to us? Often we see that where there is ‘contradiction’- there is falsehood and therefore use of logic and reason is important to help us distinguish the truth from falsehood.
Be truthful at all times. We all make mistakes- but what really matters is our intentions are pure and clean. When we learn our errors- let us turn to God for Forgiveness, and learn from it and mend our ways- this way we show that we are on this path of seeking truth while trying to be as truthful as possible ourselves.
Perform acts of kindness and charity while pursuing knowledge- this will help to remind ourselves and to confirm to ourselves that the reason for which we seek knowledge is in fact to help others with it- because with knowledge comes responsibility and it is important to prepare our souls for a journey which removes blockages for that which comes in and clear the way also for that which leaves us. Any other reason for wanting to gain knowledge is for the ego- and this can limit our ability to grow and understand.
Travel- the outward journey, can reflect and help our inward journeys. God is both outward, and inward, the up and down, the back and forth. His Face is every direction we turn, to Him belongs the East and the West. Traveling both outwardly and inwardly and continuous change and surrender to The God of Provision and Abundance is a hugely freeing experience and can help to open our hearts minds and souls to an infinite source of Knowledge and wisdom through reflection and mindfulness, and help us to live in the moment.
Establish discipline through prayer and charity and acts of self-sacrifice/acts of selflessness. Remembering God as much as possible in all that we do, keeps our hearts minds and souls open to learning and seeing and hearing and feeling with each moment. When we reach a point where we feel His Presence within and around us, we become able to ‘let go’ of worries and hurdles which come our way, because we see it as an ‘opportunity’ to learn more. This way we are granted the courage and strength to face the depths of Hell-fire without being afraid- because we completely surrender to His Divine Will and accept whatever comes our way- as long as we too are trying our best- to the best of our potentials using whatever we have along the way.
The above writings are based on the reflections of Lale Tuncer- who struggles to express words about Knowledge' in the form of words alone- May He guide us all and increase us in Knowledge and Wisdom ... ( Please email admin@universalgodmessageofpeace if you have any comments or questions or ideas on how to improve this page)
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Scripture quotes about 'Knowledge'
'An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.' Proverbs 18:15
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
For wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; Proverbs 2:10
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. The more they increased, the more they sinned against me; I will change their glory into shame. Hosea 4:6-7
A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might Proverbs 24:5
The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly. Proverbs 15:14
Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold Proverbs 8:10
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. ... Proverbs 3:1-35
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. Proverbs 12:1
Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments. Psalm 119:66
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; Proverbs 2:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. Hosea 4:6
My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. ... Proverbs 2:1-22
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance Proverbs 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5
For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it. Ecclesiastes 7:12
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Proverbs 9:10
“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:22
For wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you Proverbs 2:10-11
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! Psalm 111:10
Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, Proverbs 1:29
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:17
Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”Genesis 3:22
But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” Daniel 12:4
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. James 3:17
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. ... James 3:13-18
Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. Psalm 19:2
Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” 1 Kings 3:9
They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:9
Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 24:14
There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. Proverbs 20:15
By His knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew. Proverbs 3:20
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. Proverbs 3:7
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
To give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins. Luke 1:77
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12
And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” Job 28:28
How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. Proverbs 16:16
By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom. Proverbs 13:10
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14
The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, ... Proverbs 1:1-33
Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good. Proverbs 19:8
Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days. Job 12:12
For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. Malachi 2:7
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28
For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow. Ecclesiastes 1:18
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. Proverbs 18:2
Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way. Proverbs 19:2
And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:9
Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.” Luke 11:52
To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king's matter.” Daniel 2:23
The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. James 3:13
He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; Daniel 2:21
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24
And he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is Zion's treasure. Isaiah 33:6
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Proverbs 4:7
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. Proverbs 14:29
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” Genesis 4:1
The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin. Proverbs 10:8
In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said to God, “You have shown great and steadfast love to David my father, and have made me king in his place. O Lord God, let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, ... 2 Chronicles 1:7-12
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” ... Genesis 3:1-24
Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly. Proverbs 16:22
This also comes from the Lord of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom. Isaiah 28:29
Discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you.. Proverbs 2:11
As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Daniel 1:17
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Proverbs 19:20
“There is no god but He: That is the witness of God, His angels, and those endued with knowledge, standing firm on justice. There is no god but He, the Exalted in Power, the Wise” Quran, 3:18
“Proclaim! (or read!) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created – Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful, He Who taught (the use of) the pen, Taught man that which he knew not” Quran, 96:1-5
“And those who strive in Our (cause), – We will certainly guide them to our Paths: For verily God is with those who do right” Quran, 29:69
“…And when ye are told to rise up, rise up. God will raise up, to (suitable) ranks (and degrees), those of you who believe and who have been granted Knowledge. And God is well-acquainted with all ye do” Quran, 58:11
Say, " God has told the truth. So follow the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth; and he was not of the polytheists." Quran 3:95
Say, "None in the heavens and earth knows the unseen except God, and they do not perceive when they will be resurrected." Quran 27:65
He is God; there is no god but He. He is the knower of the Unseen and the Visible; He is the All-merciful, the All-compassionate. Quran 59:22
“But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And God Knows, while you know not.” Qur’an, 2:216
“They said, “Exalted are You; we have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Indeed, it is You who is the Knowing, the Wise.” Qur’an, 2:32
“… and say, ‘My Lord, increase me in knowledge.’” Qur’an, 20:114
“… whoever is given wisdom is given a great good,” Qur’an, 2:269
“And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record,” Qur’an, 6:59
He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: In it are verses basic or fundamental (of established meaning); they are the foundation of the Book: others are allegorical. But those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part thereof that is allegorical, seeking discord, and searching for its hidden meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except God. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in the Book; the whole of it is from our Lord:" and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding. Quran 3:7
He gives wisdom to whom He wills, and whoever has been given wisdom has certainly been given much good. And none will remember except those of understanding. Quran 2:269
"Certainly did God confer [great] favor upon the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from themselves, reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom, although they had been before in manifest error." Quran 3:164
Read (Proclaim!) In the Name of your Lord who created, Created man, out of a clot (of congealed blood). Read (Proclaim), and your Lord is the Most Generous, who taught by the Pen, Taught man that which he knew not. Quran 96:1-5
And "O Adam, dwell, you and your wife, in Paradise and eat from wherever you will but do not approach this tree, lest you be among the wrongdoers." Quran 7:19
And He taught Adam the names - all of them. Then He showed them to the angels and said, "Inform Me of the names of these, if you are truthful." They said, "Exalted are You; we have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Indeed, it is You who is the Knowing, the Wise." He said, "O Adam, inform them of their names." And when he had informed them of their names, He said, "Did I not tell you that I know the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth? And I know what you reveal and what you have concealed." And [mention] when We said to the angels, "Prostrate before Adam"; so they prostrated, except for Iblees. He refused and was arrogant and became of the disbelievers. And We said, "O Adam, dwell, you and your wife, in Paradise and eat therefrom in [ease and] abundance from wherever you will. But do not approach this tree, lest you be among the wrongdoers." But Satan caused them to slip out of it and removed them from that [condition] in which they had been. And We said, "Go down, [all of you], as enemies to one another, and you will have upon the earth a place of settlement and provision for a time." Then Adam received from his Lord [some] words, and He accepted his repentance. Indeed, it is He who is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful. We said, "Go down from it, all of you. And when guidance comes to you from Me, whoever follows My guidance - there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. And those who disbelieve and deny Our signs - those will be companions of the Fire; they will abide therein eternally." Quran 2:35-40
He knows what is within the heavens and earth and knows what you conceal and what you declare. And God is Knowing of that within the breasts.Quran 64:4
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