Money cannot buy you Wisdom

“Why is this – a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, when there is no heart?” Proverb 17:16

The instruction is clear – get wisdom!

And what we must recognize here is that it will cost you!

Messiah has paid the cost for our deliverance, yet we must count the cost of following hard after Him and seeking Him with all our heart!

Pro 23:23  Buy the truth and do not sell it – Wisdom and discipline and understanding.

Only the wise can buy the truth and not sell it! A fool has no heart, or rather he has no sense, and to try to purchase wisdom would be of no benefit to a fool who scoffs at the truth!

What Shelomoh is making very clear here is that money in the hand of a fool cannot buy him any wisdom since he has no heart to seek it out in the first place! The clear truth of the matter is that no amount of money can buy you wisdom, yet to buy the truth and not sell it will cost you your all, and fools cannot understand this!

“Oh everyone who thirsts, come to the waters. And you who have no silver, come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without silver and without price. “Why do you weigh out silver for what is not bread, and your labor for what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to Me, and eat what is good, and let your being delight itself in fatness. “Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, so that your being lives. And let Me make an everlasting covenant with you, the trustworthy kindnesses of Dawiḏ. Yeshayahu/Isaiah 55:1-3

Rev 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And he who hears, let him say, “Come!” And he who thirsts, come! And he who desires it, take the water of life without paying!

And He who was sitting on the throne said, “See, I make all matters new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and trustworthy.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the ‘Aleph’ and the ‘Taw’, the Beginning and the End. To the one who thirsts I shall give of the fountain of the water of life without payment. “The one who overcomes shall inherit all this, and I shall be his Elohim and he shall be My son.  Revelation 21:5-7

The Hebrew word used here in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 55:1 for ‘thirsts’ is  צָמֵא  tsâmê’  tsaw-may   which  means, ‘thirst, thirsty, dry ’, and thirst is something that is clearly understood from a Scriptural perspective, especially when we recognize the clear terrain of the land of  Yisra’ĕl and the Wilderness through which they travelled!

Mat 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they shall be filled.

What Messiah is in essence saying here is that you will be blessed when you truly make the choice to seek and follow that which you were designed to, for everything else is a counterfeit that will only drain you and not fill you. The term “thirsty” is used frequently in Scriptures and is a metaphor for spiritual longing and the need for it to be satisfied. We know that the only thing that satisfies is from above, as Our Master and Elohim satisfies our desires with good things.

What Shelomoh is making abundantly clear is that when one’s heart is not in it then no amount of money will be able to get you the wisdom you wish to buy. When the heart of a wise one is moved to seek wisdom and understanding then what will become obvious is that the money that is in the hand of a wise one, no matter whether little or much, will be moved to give generously for the building up of the body of the Master!

The Hebrew word translated as ‘buy’ is קְנָא qena –  which means, ‘to acquire, buy, purchase’, and corresponds to the word קָנָה qanah – which means, ‘to acquire, buy, purchase, get, recover’. We see this word being used in: Mishlĕ /Proverbs 23:23 “Buy the truth and do not sell it – Wisdom and discipline and understanding.”

The instruction is clear – get wisdom! And what we must recognize here is that it will cost you!

Messiah has paid the cost for our deliverance, yet we must count the cost of following hard after Him and seeking Him with all our heart!

The Hebrew word for ‘wisdom’ is חָכְמָה  choḵmah –  meaning, ‘wisdom, skill’.

To be wise means to be one who is skilled or learned and this takes time, determination and discipline! To be wise is evident of one who is increasing in their learning, as he gives his ear – that is his full attention – to hearing instruction and living as a taught one of the Master.

Many today are being foolish by walking in ways that are contrary to the prescribed pattern that we have been given in Scripture for a Bride who is to make Herself ready, and are doing whatever they feel is right for them.



BDB Definition:

1) wisdom

1a) skill (in war)

1b) wisdom (in administration)

1c) shrewdness, wisdom

1d) wisdom, prudence (in religious affairs)

1e) wisdom (ethical and religious)

Part of Speech: noun feminine

A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H2449


This is what I get from the Paleo Hebrew or Wisdom

We are enclosed and protected as we separate ourselves from the world and as we filter through Abba’s instructions under the hand of our Master! His Word (Dabar) instructs us and washes us, which enables us and  brings forth new life that He Reveals; makes known or evident – His Identity! HEADSHIP! (‘your Maker’ is ‘your Husband’)!

Wisdom, at its core, speaks of one’s ability to clearly separate the good from the bad, right from wrong, left from right, and up from down; and this we are 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 Spirit of Elohim: Exo 28:3  “And you, speak to all the wise of heart, whom I have filled with a spirit 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 Tabernacle, 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!

Understanding what wisdom means makes it very clear that money in a fools hand is actually useless, as they refuse to be cleansed and submit to the Word of Truth!!!


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To the Torah and to the witness! If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because they have no daybreak [light]. Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 8:20


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