Great Men Are Not Always Wise, Nor Do the Aged Always Understand Justice

As the years go by, we get older and grayer, but do we get wiser? Is the gray head truly a sign of wisdom? A song from the 90’s by The Trashcan Sinatras (The Best Man’s Fall) has the line, “I’m old, not wise, just worried.” Hmmm… maybe gray hair is just a sign of worry and has nothing to do with wisdom… which brings me to today’s quote.

“Great men are not always wise, nor do the aged always understand justice.” – Bible or Not?

Just because we have achieved a high level of accomplishment, or because we have reached a certain age, it does not mean that we are wise. Even though the Bible does teach that in youth we learn and in age we understand, that understanding or wisdom isn’t a given. The Bible is clear that the path to wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord (Psalm 110:11). See if today’s quote is Bible or Not…

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In Youth We Learn, In Age We Understand

Today’s quote on classic wisdom could very well be a Bible quote right out of the book of Proverbs, or even the New Testament.

“In youth we learn; in age we understand.”

How many times have you said to yourself, “if only I knew what I know now, when I was young”? Or fantasize about going back in time, getting about 20 or 30 years younger but retaining your knowledge and wisdom. Yes, older folks do tend to do that. If you’re still young you probably think you still have plenty of time – surprise! – you don’t.

In the Bible we see many examples of the importance of learning wisdom, especially when we are young, but alas it usually takes time and years to begin to get it. In Proverbs Solomon instructs his sons to learn wisdom, follow instruction and gain understanding…

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