A couple of old timers were chatting in a barber shop one day when a young boy approached the shop.

“That’s the dumbest kid I know!” the one man replied.

“What do you mean?” said the other fella.

“Just watch.” Said the other.

The man took a crisp dollar bill from his pocket and two quarters.  He called the boy over and asked him, “son, which of these do you want, this dollar bill or these quarters?”

The boy took the quarters, thanked the man and left the barber shop.

“See, I told you that kid is dumber than a box of rocks!  He always takes the quarters.” The man replied.

A few minutes later the man who had witnessed the brief transaction had finished his haircut, left the shop and saw the boy eating an ice cream cone.  He approached the boy and asked;

“Son, do you mind if I ask you a question?  Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?”

The boy looked up at the man and smiled, “well sir, if I ever accept the dollar bill, the game is over!”

Wisdom and knowledge, both recurring themes in the Bible, are related but not synonymous. The dictionary defines wisdom as “the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting.” Knowledge, on the other hand, is “information gained through experience, reasoning, or acquaintance.” God wants us to have knowledge of Him and what He expects of us. The book of Proverbs is perhaps the best place in the Bible to learn of biblical wisdom. Proverbs 1:7 speaks of both biblical knowledge and wisdom: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Knowledge is what is gathered over time through study of the Scriptures. It can be said that wisdom, in turn, acts properly upon that knowledge. Wisdom is the fitting application of knowledge. Knowledge understands the light has turned red; wisdom applies the brakes. Knowledge sees the quicksand; wisdom walks around it. Knowledge memorizes the Ten Commandments; wisdom obeys them. Knowledge learns of God; wisdom loves Him.

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