From God’s perspective, getting understanding is of the utmost importance; it is where wisdom rests, and wisdom is not to be compared with anything desired.
Understanding cannot be learned through study; it must be purchased through obedience to God’s precepts.
Precepts are commands regarding moral conduct; obeying them is how understanding is purchased.
Precepts: a concrete expression of righteousness, the expression and result of the act of righteousness.
Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Proverbs 14:33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
Proverbs 8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
Psalm 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
Strong’s Definition: From H6485; properly appointed, that is, a mandate (of God; plural only, collectively for the Law): – commandment, precept, statute.
H6490 * פִּקֻּד פִּקּוּד (piqquḏ piqqûḏ)
piqqudim G1345 * δικαίωμα (dikaiōma) dikaioma
piqqudim G1785 * ἐντολή (entolē) entole
Strong’s Definition: From G1344; an equitable deed ; by implication a statute or decision: – judgment, justification, ordinance, righteousness.
δικαίωμα, -τος, τ
[in LXX most freq. for H2706, in Ez, chiefly for H4941, in Pss, τὰ δ., freq. for H6490;]
a concrete expression of righteousness, the expression and result of the act of δικαίωσις, “a declaration that a thing is δίκαιον, or that a person is δίκαιος,” hence,
(a) an ordinance: δ. τ. θεοῦ, Rom 1:32; τ. κυρίου, Luk 1:6; τ. νόμου, Rom 2:26; Rom 8:4 (refs2) (refs2); λατρείας, Heb 9:1; σαρκός, Heb 9:10;
(b) a sentence: of acquittal, Rom 5:16 (also Rom 5:18; ICC, in l), or of condemnation;
(c) a righteous act: Rom 5:18 (RV), Rev 15:4; Rev 19:8 (refs2) (refs2) (on the usage of Papyri, v. MM, Exp., iii, xi). †
“Through concrete expressions of righteousness (obedience!) I purchase understanding: therefore I hate every false way.”
See notes: get = purchase
Proverbs 4:7 KJV Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
See notes: purchasing through fasting
Isaiah 55:1 KJV Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.