“The heart of him that hath understanding seeks knowledge: but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.” - Proverbs 15:14 (Cf. ver. 21; 18:15).
          It has always struck me that one of the most common traits that all men (not merely males btw) share is the idea that they understand and have a grasp on what is going on (here or there, now or then, etc.).  We just had a national election in our country and I was, as always, both stuck and saddened by the sheer number of people who saw fit to paint themselves as one who were in the know and had a great grasp on the facts of the situation.  The frustrating part was that as they opened their mouths and proceeded to make commentary it was made clear that they really DIDN’T have the grasp that they thought they did.  Oh, there were surely some who seemed to have at least a bit of a grasp, but as they spoke, it because clear that their understanding was, at least in part, because they had invested the necessary time to gain the foundational understanding that lay at the root of what they were saying.  They weren’t just making it up as they went.
           What is interesting about this whole thing is that the Bible speaks clearly when it addresses the basis of what we chose to speak of to others.  Solomon was said to be perhaps the wisest man who ever lived.  Of course, a part of this reputation/truth was because of the great gift of God given at the very beginning of his ministry.  But we have to assume that he had followed a studious path throughout his life and that passages that speak as this one does were not just empty advice.

          Just to note a couple things to lay more of a foundation for us as we think through this great verse.  “Heart”, as always in the Book of Proverbs, is the Hebrew word “le̅b” (leeb) and speaks of the essence of the inner person, including everything from the mind, to the will, to the emotions; and can address any one or all of those things depending on the context of its’ use in the given verse.  Here, it would, given the rest of the verse, it would appear, at the least, to speak of the mind, and perhaps would include the will as speaks of the desire and willingness to do what is needful to learn.  
          We’ll note also that the verse is speaking of the result of the exercise of the subject here, the building on what knowledge is already possessed.  It is upon this basis that Solomon draws and commends us to continue to build and seek for more understanding.  When we think about it, this makes perfect logical sense.  The gaining and possession of knowledge/wisdom both stands as a basis for more and urges and leads to the desire and striving for more.  This is what he means by “The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge…”.  As we have said, it is the “having” of knowledge that serves to prompt the seeking of more of the same.  Now, this does not mean that one cannot seek knowledge in an area that he (or she) knows nothing about.  This is especially true in the area of Biblical spirituality.  Truth be told, there are multiple areas in the coming to know and understand the things of the Lord that we are ALL deeply lacking in.  There are actually quite a number of principles about knowledge that are contained in the Scripture.  Without going into any real depth of explanation for each, let’s think about some of them:

1.  Knowledge of the Law (and thus of the entire Scripture) is commanded.

Deut 4:1–9 “Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers is giving you. 2 You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you
5 “Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. 6 Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ 7 “For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? 8 And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day? 9 Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren, 

Hos 6:3 Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
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