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Essay #3 Describe the teachings of Hebrew wisdom and diligence and laziness. How does this correspond with the contrast between wisdom and folly? Include Scripture references and quotations as appropriate. Throughout the Bible, it speaks about wisdom and diligence. Along with wisdom and diligence, laziness comes into play. Since we live in a fallen world, we can not have wisdom and diligence without laziness. If we did not have laziness, then we would be living in a world that is more perfect in reality. As Christians, we are blessed by having God's word, so that we can apply the knowledge found in the Bible. On the other hand, non-believers have no such thing as the bible; thus, they try to correct themselves. One place in the…show more content…
After seeing Solomon's illustration, it would seem that we all need to seek for a life of wisdom. Even though this is a great desire to have, Solomon continues this comparison, which leads to an unexpected conclusion. He goes on to conclude that wisdom surpasses foolishness in many ways. He realized that both wise and foolish men will both die in the end, “Then I said to myself, 'The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?' I said to myself, 'This too is meaningless.' For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered; the days have already come when both have been forgotten. Like the fool, the wise too must die! So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 2:15-17 NIV). Here, Solomon leaves it at the conclusion that whether an individual chooses wisdom or foolishness, he will still die and be forgotten either way. In Psalms it clarifies the purpose of life and why you should still choose wisdom, to a further and more understandable extent, “No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them — the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough...For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, their wealth to others” (Psalms 49:7-8, 10 NIV). It later goes on to say, “But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.”

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