Knowledge


“I am weary, God,
but I can prevail.
Surely I am only a brute, not a man;
I do not have human understanding.
I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.”
Proverbs 30:1 b-3

In line with the most typical Socratic style, Agur ben Jakeh ─most likely a pseudonym of Solomon─ gives us his version of the popular “I just know that I know nothing” that the famous Greek philosopher Socrates would enunciate five centuries later . Questioning his own degree of knowledge of God and God’s plan, Agur describes himself as a perfect ignoramus, which in turn leads him to ask some questions whose answers can only be found in the revelation of God through his word and his creation. This contrasts with the typical human behavior of pretending that everything one needs to know one already knows and that God’s revelation is worthless. The apostle Paul describes this foolish characteristic of human beings as follows: “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.” [1]

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” explains Solomon. [2] Vain enterprise is therefore to try to achieve wisdom denying God and all possibility of its existence before starting  the investigation . A sad and difficult task have those who have started their quest for knowledge disregarding the revelation of God Almighty. Seek always to be nourished by the word of God and receive knowledge and wisdom from on high. Follow the example of Paul: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” [3] This is true wisdom. To God alone be the glory!

[1] Romans 1:21-23
[2] Proverbs 1:7
[3] 1 Corinthians 2:2
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