Proverb for the Day 24:3-4 — Right People, Places & Things!

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

This is another place where the three qualities of wisdom, understanding and knowledge are seen together (see also 2:6; 3:19-20; 9:10; 24:3-4). Wisdom is one of the 26 character qualities we focus on weekly here at HUM. We define wisdom as “seeing life from God’s point of view;” understanding as “realizing how right choices lead to a meaningful life;” and knowledge as “recognition of who God is and how He is working in my life.”

The three are discussed here in relation to a house and I suspect it had a nice ring to it for the average ancient Israelite. With multiple rooms, it sounded solid, secure and able to stand firm. The rooms were also full of very nice things.

Of course, the real message of this very is not about stuff. The people who lived in this house chose to make wisdom, understanding and knowledge a significant part of their daily lives. These three qualities empowered their decisions which, in turn, made their home a solid, secure and pleasant place to live.

Sound like a nice set up. The focus is not on a large, expensive or beautiful house but on a solid, safe and secure one. While the rooms are filled with “rare and beautiful” treasures, it’s not about getting rich. These verses suggest that a nice life, with some nice things, is accessible to anyone willing to make wisdom, understanding and knowledge a big part of their lives.