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Proverbs 13:10 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
10 By insolence comes nothing but strife,
but with those who take advice is wisdom.
By insolence comes nothing but strife: The Hebrew word (zadon) rendered insolence refers to having an excessively inflated view of oneself, that is, being conceited, audacious or arrogant behavior, self-will, lacking any humility because this person believes that they know everything and are never wrong. This behavior will only result in strife (מַצָּה matstsah), that is, verbal contention, many heated arguments, and bitter conflicts with others because of one’s arrogance.
but with those who take advice is wisdom: People who take advice are ones who are willing to listen to others. In fact, they are eager to get the insights of others, unlike the insolent of line one. This is wisdom because the ones who take advice prove they are wise. Yes, this wise person’s humility makes him teachable because he is capable of taking advice, unlike the closed-minded egotist of line one.
What should we do when we encounter a given situation and have a measure of uncertainty? What if we are unsure whether we even have the right to act? If we take action on something we have little or no knowledge of, this will only end in conflict. If we act on something when we have no authority to do so, this will cause friction. Would we not be wiser to take advice from someone else who has knowledge and discernment? Certainly, when we are faced with questions and problems that are tricky, delicate, or controversial that cause us distress, difficulty, and trouble, we should go to God in prayer and consult the Word of God. Yet, if we are wise, we will also remember with many advisers, we can succeed. (Prov. 15:22) By taking advice from others who possess more knowledge and understanding, we will gain a more balanced viewpoint.
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