"Wise" (phronimos): thoughtful, i.e. sagacious or discreet (implying a cautious character)Matthew 7:24-27
"foolish" (moros): dull or stupid (as if shut up), i.e. heedless, (morally) blockhead, (apparently) absurd
"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it."[in greek]
Some definitions of "wisdom" from Scot McKnight
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- Wisdom is the insight to make a sound moral judgment in light of the guidance of God’s Spirit speaking through God’s Word.
- Wisdom is “insight”: it is knowing what to think and what to do in particulars.
- Wisdom leads to “sound moral judgment”: wisdom includes knowledge (cognition) but always goes beyond cognition to doing good and to doing what is right.
- Wisdom is prompted by God’s Spirit: again, it transcends simple cognition because it is prompted by God’s Spirit — who prompted the psalmist in his day and who prompts us in our day.
- Wisdom is rooted in God’s Word: again, the Spirit who prompted the Word is the Spirit who will lead in continuity and development of that Word in our day.
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