10 Be wise
[sakal] now therefore, O ye kings: [melek] be instructed, [yacar] ye
judges [shaphat] of the earth. ['erets] KJV-Interlinear
therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. NASB
Given that humanity
seeks his own truth, his own way through life. Given that humanity rejects
truth and replaces it with imagined truths, which are lies. Given that humanity
proposes to define and design his own meaning and purpose and destiny,
completely ignoring all facts and reality governing life.
Then, here is the
instruction of God, be wise.
Wise, sakal, means to be
circumspect, to be intelligent, to consider, expert, instructed, to prosper in
truth, to teach or be taught, to understand, to guide or be guided wittingly,
God instructs us all to
learn truth, understand it correctly, orient to life correctly, and to apply
truth to the realities of life correctly. And you say, ‘No, only kings and
judges are to do that, as it says here.’ But you are wrong.
The word for king here,
means leader, advisor, one who would lead, counsel, or otherwise teach or rule or
The word for judges here
means one who pronounces an opinion based on information. This certainly applies
to the judge on the bench, but it has a broader application to all people who
have an opinion. That includes you as well as everyone.
Therefore, everyone is
to be wise, but wisdom comes from instruction, and learning comes from
instruction, and instruction comes from the daily study of truth.
That is exactly what you
are doing right now, studying, being instructed, learning, and hopefully
understanding it all bit by bit. And with a steady diet of daily food, just as
you do with your daily meats and veggies and such, so too, with Bible doctrine,
you learn and understand and eventually grow up to maturity.
Maturity is the
quintessence of understanding and the authentication of wisdom.