Wisdom: The strength of obedience

Wisdom has strength that comes from obedience.

Strength = force;
Force = virtue;
Virtue = voluntary obedience to the truth.

Proverbs 8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.


Strong’s Definition: force (literally or figuratively); by implication valor, victory: – force, mastery, might, mighty (act, power), power, strength.

FORCE, n. [L. fortis. All words denoting force, power, strength, are from verbs which express straining, or driving, rushing, and this word has the elements of L. vireo.]

  1. Virtue; efficacy. No presumption or hypothesis can be of force enough to overthrow constant experience.

VIRTUE, n. The radical sense is strength, from straining, stretching, extending. This is the primary sense of L. vir, a man.

  1. Moral goodness; the practice of moral duties and the abstaining from vice, or a conformity of life and conversation to the moral law. In this sense, virtue may be, and in many instances must be, distinguished from religion. The practice of moral duties merely from motives of convenience, or from compulsion, or from regard to reputation, is virtue, as distinct from religion. The practice of moral duties from sincere love to God and his laws, is virtue and religion. In this sense it is true,
    That virtue only makes our bliss below.
    Virtue is nothing but voluntary obedience to truth.

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