While appropriate translations, there are actually just two Hebrew root words for the above four terms – wisdom and understanding. These are also the two most mentioned character qualities in the book of Proverbs.
Wisdom has to do with “seeing life from God’s point of view.” Over and over in Proverbs it’s announced to any and all that we can start looking at life differently – from God’s perspective. It’s available and as simple as saying, “Okay, God, what value does this situation have for my life today?”
Understanding has to do with the ability to “discern between” things – like cause and effect. Thus understanding is “realizing how right choices lead to a meaningful life.” That could be a game changer for many of us. This is the term used three times in this passage.
Note also the verbs in these two verses: “turning your ear to…applying your heart to…call out for…cry aloud for.” We’re not talking about a casual interest I’m considering here – this says I’m all in!
If we’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, there’s good news. God’s wisdom and understanding are there to save the day. Let’s go for it!