Fountain of Wisdom

The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a flowing stream.  Mishlĕ/Proverbs 18:4

This parable teaches us the clear lesson of how our words reflect a lot of what is going on deep inside our beings. To the religious Pharisees who accused Messiah of casting demons out by Beʽelzebul when He healed a demon possessed man who was dumb and blind, He said the following:

“Brood of adders! How are you able to speak what is good – being wicked? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. “The good man brings forth what is good from the good treasures of his heart, and the wicked man brings forth what is wicked from the wicked treasure. “And I say to you that for every idle word men speak, they shall give an account of it in the day of judgment. “For by your words you shall be declared righteous, and by your words you shall be declared unrighteous.” Matthew 12:34-37

Messiah was highlighting how the wicked words of the Pharisees had come from deep within their beings, revealing the wickedness that was upon their hearts.

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘deep’ is עָמֹק amoq – Strong’s H6013 which means, deep, exceedingly mysterious.

This adjective is used 17 times in the Tenakh, 7 of which are found in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 13 in reference to the severity of leprosy, and in the Proverbs of Shelomoh we see this adjective being used 4 times. Here in Mishlĕ/Proverbs 18:4 it is used to highlight the depths that the words of a man’s mouth come out from. In Mishlĕ/Proverbs 20:5 we are told that counsel of a man’s heart is like deep waters, but a man of understanding draws it out.

In Mishlĕ/Proverbs 22:14 we are clearly warned that the mouth of the strange woman is a deep pit and in Mishlĕ/Proverbs 23:27 we are told that the whore is a deep pit. What we are therefore able to recognize is the inward being of a man is reflected by his words. Sha’ul reminds us that our words must be pure and clean, reflecting a heart that is pure and clean as we let the Word of Messiah dwell in us:

Let the Word of Yahusha dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing with pleasure in your hearts to the Master in psalms and songs of praise and spiritual songs. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Master יהושע, giving thanks to Elohim the Father through Him. Colossians 3:16-17   (Footnote: 1 John 12:48, Dt. 18:19, Rev. 19:13.)

The Hebrew word translated here as dwell is yashab (yod shin bet)

(YShB) ac: Sit co: Dwelling ab: ?: A place of dwelling as the place returned to.

Sit: To set oneself down in the dwelling place for the night or for long periods of time. To settle or remain. [Hebrew and Aramaic]  [freq. 1093] (vf: Paal, Niphal, Hiphil, Hophal, Piel) |kjv: dwell, inhabitant, sit, abide, inhabit, down, remain, in, tarry, set, continue, place, still, taken| {str: 3427, 3488}


BDB Definition:

1) to dwell, remain, sit, abide

1a) (Qal)

1a1) to sit, sit down

1a2) to be set

1a3) to remain, stay

1a4) to dwell, have one’s abode

1b) (Niphal) to be inhabited

1c) (Piel) to set, place

1d) (Hiphil)

1d1) to cause to sit

1d2) to cause to abide, set

1d3) to cause to dwell

1d4) to cause (cities) to be inhabited

1d5) to marry (give an dwelling to)

1e) (Hophal)

1e1) to be inhabited

1e2) to make to dwell

When the Word of Yahusha dwells richly in us we are enabled to walk according to the Ruach and put to death the things of the flesh, giving us great depths of knowledge, discernment and understanding from deep within which will also cause our speech and actions to be pure and clean!

And if Messiah is in you, the body is truly dead on account of sin, but the Ruach is life on account of righteousness. And if the Ruach of Him who raised Yahusha from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Messiah from the dead shall also give life to your mortal bodies through His Ruach dwelling in you.

So then, brothers, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die; but if by the Ruach you put to death the deeds of the body, you shall live. For as many as are led by the Ruach of Elohim, these are sons of Elohim.

For you did not receive the ruach of bondage again to fear, but you received the Ruach of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:10-15

Let your word always be with favour, seasoned with salt, so that you know how you ought to answer each one. Col 4:6

Knowing that the words of a man are deep waters, we recognize what must dwell in us in order that good comes forth from our mouths from the good treasures that is in our hearts. David tells us in:

Tehillim/Psalms 119:11  I have treasured up Your word in my heart, That I might not sin against You.

When the Word of our Master and Elohim is treasured up in our hearts we are equipped to guard against sinning and speaking wickedness! When the good treasure of His Word dwells in us, His Word becomes a fountain of living waters!

Yoḥanan/John 7:37-38 “And on the last day, the great day of the festival, Yahusha stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me, and let him who believes in Me drink.” As the Scripture said, out of His innermost shall flow rivers of living water.

The fountain of wisdom is a flowing stream!

The Hebrew root word used here for ‘fountain’ is מָקוֹר maqor – Strong’s H4726 meaning, ‘a spring, fountain and comes from the root –קור qur –Strong’s H6979 which means, ‘to dig’ and we know we are to dig and seek out His kingdom and His righteousness – the question is whether people have found the True well of LIFE and are sitting and learning at it or is it a muddied counterfeit?


Tehillim/Psalms 68:6  Elohim makes a home for the lonely; He brings out into prosperity Those who are bound with chains; Only the rebellious shall dwell in a dry land.

Tehillim/Psalms 68:6 “Bless Elohim in the assemblies, YaHuWaH, from the fountain of Yisra’ĕl.”

When we come to the FOUNTAIN OF LIFE and gather when we should, (Sabbath, Moedim) as an obedient flock who know His voice, then that Water of Life becomes a fountain in us as our lives are changed and our speech is renewed enabling us to bring life and healing to the nations!

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 10:11 “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wrong.”

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 13:14 “The Torah of the wise is a fountain of life, turning one away from the snares of death.”

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 14:27 “The fear of YaHuWaH is a fountain of life, to turn away from the snares of death.”

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 16:22 “Understanding is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the disciplining of fools is folly.”

Yahusha is The Living Torah and our source of Life, or rather He is the Life of the Torah – and when we drink of Him – the FOUNTAIN OF LIFE begins to flow out us as we gain understanding, and walk in the fear YaHuWaH by walking in the Torah, and our speech becomes a flowing source of LIFE!

The Hebrew word for ‘wisdom’ is חָכְּמָה ḥokmah – Strong’s H2451 meaning, wisdom, skill and is from the primitive root word חָכַם ḥakam – Strong’s H2449 meaning, ‘to be wise, skillful, make wise’.

Chet –חָֹ: The ancient script has this letter as which is a tent wall and carries a meaning of SEPARATION as a tent wall separates two halves of the tent; or it can also reflect the outside walls that separate the people inside from that which is outside and so can also symbolize protection and security to those inside, while picturing a cutting off of those who are outside. Hence this letter can mean ‘established, secure as well as ‘cut off, separated from’. As a tent wall we are also able to recognize the picture of stones being built up to make a complete wall, having been separated from the world and built up in the master!

Kaf –כְֹּ: The ancient form of this letter is meaning ‘the open palm of a hand’. The meaning behind this letter is ‘to bend and curve’ from the shape of a palm as well as ‘to tame or subdue’ as one has been bent to another’s will (under their hand), as an open hand symbolizes submission. This also can picture for us a palm or palm branch from the curved palm shape. The hand also speaks of one’s work, or under whose hand you submit and obey!

Mem –מָֹ: The ancient script has this letter as and is pictured as ‘water’, and also carries the meaning of ‘chaos’ (from the storms of the sea) and can also picture that which is mighty or massive as well as the unknown. We are also able to understand this letter as representing the nations, for the nations are often likened to the seas in Scripture. Knowing this letter represents ‘water’, we are also able to see how this can render for us the meaning of ‘washing’ or cleansing.

Hey –ה: The ancient script has this letter pictured as, which is a man standing with his arms raised out. The meaning of the letter is “behold, look, breath, sigh and reveal or revelation”; from the idea of revealing a great sight by pointing it out. It also carries for us the meaning of surrender, as we lift up our hands and submit to YaHuWaH as we lift our hands in praise, declaring His authority under which we humbly submit!

As we consider these pictographic letters that render for us the term for ‘wisdom’ we are able to clearly see that wisdom entails a separation, as pictured through the tent wall. We can render the meaning of the construction of this word, in terms of true wisdom, as meaning, We are built up in the Master as we separate ourselves from the world as we submit under the hand of our Yahusha and do what His Word instructs as it washes us, and enables us to lift our hands to Him in continual praise!

Wisdom, at its core, speaks of one’s ability to clearly separate the good from the bad, right and wrong, left and right, and up and down; and this we are to be able to do as we exercise true discipline – the discipline of separation! Wisdom is often used in the context of a skilled workman that has been equipped by the Ruach of Elohim:

Shemoth/Exodus 28:3 “And you, speak to all the wise of heart, whom I have filled with a ruach of wisdom, and they shall make the garments of Aharon, to set him apart, for him to serve as priest to Me.”

Wisdom in the ancient text can speak of a clear separation by the washing of one’s hands; and as we consider the design of the Mishkan, we need to be reminded that the bronze laver was used for the serving priests to wash their hands and feet; and clearly pictures for us how we are to be continually washing our work and walk through being immersed in the Word that transforms us!

The Hebrew root verb used here for ‘pour out’ is נָבַע naḇa –Strong’s H5042 which means, ‘to flow, spring, bubble up, pour forth, spout, gush forth’. This root word denotes a continual flowing or gushing forth. When we let the Word of Messiah dwell richly in us we become a continual flowing source of wisdom and life to others! On the other hand we also take note that when His word does not dwell in a person they may become a continual source of wickedness and lawlessness to others!

The Hebrew root word for ‘stream’ is נַחְּלָה naḥlah – Strong’s H5158 which means,’torrent, torrent valley, wadi, brook, ravine, stream’, and this usually referred to a dry river bed or ravine, which in rainy season becomes a raging torrent. It can also represent a permanent stream or river that flows like a torrent, as we see in Amos with the call to let righteousness flow like a mighty stream:

“And let right-ruling (Mishpat) roll on like water, and righteousness (Tzedakah) like a mighty stream. Amos 5:24

This can also symbolically represent for us the pride of the nations, the strength of the invader and the power of the enemy which can destroy the parched and dry places. When we are not being continually nourished in the Truth of the living word, and meditating on the Torah so that we are like a tree planted by the waters, we may become like a dry brook that the enemy can flood with his lies and confusion through ‘ traditions of men and denominations and also translations of scriptures.

This word נַחְּלָה naḥlah is also used in the positive sense in describing YaHuWaH’s pleasure over His set-apart ones:

Tehillim/Psalms 36:8 “They are filled from the fatness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.”

When His Word dwells in us we become a true source of life as right-ruling (Mishpat) and righteousness (Tzedakah) flows from deep within like a mighty stream!

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