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Faith Filled Friday: Wisdom, Favor, and Generosity

November 5, 2021

by Connie Terpack, November 5, 2021

Don’t most of us want to find favor with God, wisdom to do what’s right and the ability to be generous with our time and money?

I thought defining each word was a good place to start.

Standard Encyclopedic Dictionary Definitions:

Wisdom: 1. the power of true and right discernment; 2. good practical judgment; common sense; 3. a high degree of knowledge; learning; 4. a wise saying

Favor: 1. a helpful or considerate act; 2. an attitude of friendliness; 3. the condition of being looked upon with liking or approval. 4. unfair discrimination; narrow partiality; to show favor; 5. the condition of leading one’s opponent in the score of a game. 6. a small gift presented to each guest on a festive occasion.

Generosity: 1. the quality of being generous; 2. the quality of being free of pettiness; magnanimity; 3. a generous act

Bible Verses to Help Define the Words:

1. WisdomHe taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Proverbs 4:4-7

2. FavorA good man obtaineth favor of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. Proverbs 12:2

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52

3. GenerosityEvery man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

More Bible verses for:

Wisdom: Deuteronomy 4:6; Job 12:2; 28:12; 36:5; Psalm 51:6; 104:24; Proverbs 3:13; 4:5, 7; 16:16; 19:8, 10; 21:30; 23:4; 24:7; Ecclesiastes 1:18; 8:1; 9:16; Matthew 11:19; Luke 7:35; Romans 11:33; 1 Corinthians 1:17, 22, 24, 30; 3: 19; 2 Corinthians 1:12; Ephesians 3:10; Colossians 1:9; 2:3; 4:5; James 1:5; 3:17; Revelation 5:12; 7:12; 13:18

Favor: 1 Samuel 2:26; Job 10:12; Psalms 5:12; 30:5; 44:3; 102:13, 14; Proverbs 13:15; 14:35; 19:12; 18:22; 31:30; Ecclesiastes 9:11; Luke 2:52; Acts 2:47

Generosity: Deuteronomy 1:11; Isaiah 40:29; Psalm 112:5; Proverbs 11:25; Luke 6:38

There are three books of the Bible that are known as the Bible’s wisdom literature—Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. They reveal the collected wisdom of generations of godly people and invite us to consider the complexity and simplicity of living wisely.

Finding out how often the words are used in the Bible was a little trickier than I expected, so these numbers are not accurate:

Favor is found about 70 times, but mostly in the Old Testament; it was not broken down between old and new testaments.

Wisdom is found around 181 times in the Old Testament and 50 – 53 times in the New Testament. One article said the word ‘wise’ was used 344 times in Bible and wisdom 367 times; both words were used more in the Old Testament than the New.

Generosity: I could not find any count for the word generosity. Several articles used similar words. Love was used 714 times, and giving or possessions was mentioned 2,172 times.

If the frequency of word use determines its importance, that would mean generosity or giving is the most important thing we can do. God is generous, and He expects us to follow His example. We need to enjoy giving. When we give God will multiply what he gives us.

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! –Romans 11:33

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