Christianity: Knowledge Versus Wisdom


This is not a fully developed subject material for me.

Yet, I sense the spirit of God is at times more urgent than his vessels are.


Voices – Spiritual


  1. Derek Prince
    • Knowledge is informative; Wisdom is directive
    • Knowledge gives you information; wisdom tells you what to do with it.


Image – Derek Prince




Ecclesiastes 10:9-11

  1. Ecclesiastes 10:9 – Wisdom and Folly [ Link ]
    • …The one who quarries stones may be injured by them, and he who splits logs endangers himself. ( Berean )
    • Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby. ( KJV )
  2. Ecclesiastes 10:10 – Wisdom and Folly [ Link ]
    • If the axe is dull and the blade unsharpened, more strength must be exerted, but skill produces success. ( Berean )
    • If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct. ( KJV )
  3. Ecclesiastes 10:11 – Wisdom and Folly [ Link ]
    • If the snake bites before it is charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.…

Ecclesiastes 2:13


  1. Ecclesiastes 2:13 – The Wise and the Foolish [ Link ]
    • And I saw that wisdom exceeds folly, just as light exceeds darkness ( KJV )


Ecclesiastes 7:12


  1. Ecclesiastes 7:11 – The Value of Wisdom [ Link ]
    • Wisdom, like an inheritance, is good, and it benefits those who see the sun.
    • Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.  ( KJV )
  2. Ecclesiastes 7:12 – The Value of Wisdom [ Link ]
    • For wisdom, like money, is a shelter, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of its owner.
    • For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. ( KJV )
  3. Ecclesiastes 7:12 – The Value of Wisdom [ Link ]
    • Consider the work of God: Who can straighten what He has bent?… ( KJV )



Psalm 90:12

  1. Psalm 90:12 [ Link ]
    • So teach us to number our days, that we may present a heart of wisdom.
  2. Psalm 90:13 [ Link ]
    • Have compassion on your servants
  3. Psalm 90:14 [ Link ]
    • Satisfy us in the morning with Your loving devotion …. and be glad all our days.…



Proverbs 1:5

  1. Proverbs 1:5 [ Link ]
    • …To impart prudence to the simple and knowledge and discretion to the young, let the wise listen and gain instruction, and the discerning acquire wise counsel


Proverbs 29:18

  1. Proverbs 29:18 [ Link ]
    • Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the Law.
      A servant cannot be corrected by words alone; though he understands, he will not respond.…



James 1:5

  1. James 4:17 [ Link ]
    • Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do, yet fails to do it, is guilty of sin.
    • …Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.



John 13:17

  1. John 13:17 [ Link ]
    • If you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
      I am not speaking about all of you; I know whom I have chosen.

Voices – Worldly



Wisdom and knowledge have quite a bit in common. Both words are primarily used as nouns that are related to learning. They’re listed as synonyms for one another in, and in some cases, they may be used interchangeably, but there are some important differences between the two, which we’ll get to shortly.

First, though, let’s take a deeper look at each word.


The word knowledge is defined first as the “acquaintance with facts, truths or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition.” It is recorded at least by the 1300s as the Middle English knouleche.

Knowledge is typically gained through books, research, and delving into facts. Knowledge can also be gained in the bedroom (hubba hubba!), as the term is sometimes used, albeit archaically, to describe sexual intercourse. As in: they had carnal knowledge of one another.


What does wisdom mean?

Wisdom is defined as “the state of being wise,” which means “having the power of discernment and judging properly as to what is true or right: possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.”

It’s older (recorded before the 900s), and joins wise and -dom, a suffix that can convey “general condition,” as in freedom. Wisdom is typically gained from experiences and acquired over time.


While wisdom and knowledge are synonyms, the other synonyms for each word, respectively, don’t overlap much. And they give more hints at each word’s unique meaning.


It’s all about perspective:-

The primary difference between the two words is that wisdom involves a healthy dose of perspective and the ability to make sound judgments about a subject while knowledge is simply knowing.

Anyone can become knowledgeable about a subject by reading, researching, and memorizing facts. It’s wisdom, however, that requires more understanding and the ability to determine which facts are relevant in certain situations.

Wisdom takes knowledge and applies it with discernment based on experience, evaluation, and lessons learned.


A quote by an unknown author sums up the differences well: “Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing when to say it.”


Royale Scuderi What Are the Differences Between Knowledge, Wisdom, and Insight?


Knowledge, Wisdom, and Insight may sound like synonyms, but they are not. Though they all refer to the mind and an accumulation of thoughts and experiences, they have some very real differences in the essence of their meanings and their applications in our life.


Knowledge is the accumulation of facts and data that you have learned about or experienced. It’s being aware of something and having information. Knowledge is really about facts and ideas that we acquire through study, research, investigation, observation, or experience.


Wisdom is the ability to discern and judge which aspects of that knowledge are true, right, lasting, and applicable to your life. It’s the ability to apply that knowledge to the greater scheme of life. It’s also deeper; knowing the meaning or reason; about knowing why something is, and what it means to your life.


Insight is the deepest level of knowledge and the most meaningful to your life. Insight is a deeper and clearer perception of life, of knowledge, of wisdom. It’s grasping the underlying nature of knowledge, and the essence of wisdom. Insight is a truer understanding of your life and the bigger picture of how things intertwine.


In a nutshell: If knowledge is information, wisdom is the understanding and application of that knowledge and insight is the awareness of the underlying essence of truth.

Sadly we can gain a lifetime of knowledge, yet never see the wisdom in it.

We can be wise but still miss the deeper meaning.


Differences through example


Knowledge is knowing how to manage your money, budgeting, spending, saving.

Wisdom is understanding how money impacts the quality of your life and your future.

Insight is realizing that money is simply a tool to be used, that it has no inherent meaning beyond its usefulness.


Knowledge is learning how to paint and using that skill to cultivate a livelihood.

Wisdom is expressing your passion through painting and understanding that art is a form of communication that touches the lives of others.

Insight is perceiving that all things can be art and that creating your art contributes to the understanding and the expression of the essence of the world around you.


Knowledge is knowing which things, practices, people, and pleasures make you happy.

Wisdom is knowing that while those things may bring you pleasure, happiness is not derived from things or situations or people. It’s understanding that happiness comes from within and that it’s a temporary state of mind.

Insight is knowing that happiness is not the purpose of life, that it’s not the marker of the quality of life—it’s merely one of the many fleeting states of mind in the spectrum of full emotions. Those emotions don’t make up our lives; they are merely experiences.


Knowledge, wisdom, and insight all are valuable and all have a place in our lives. The difficulty lies in the fact that many of us are unclear as to their differences, often perceiving the terms and their application to be interchangeable.

Being clear and consciously aware of how our minds are engaged may be important to get the most out of all three.

While acquiring and applying information is valuable in and of itself, we also need to distill and judge that information, and ultimately find the deeper meaning and relevance to the whole of our lives. Perhaps the truest form of knowing is in acquiring all three, and understanding how they each enhance the quality and experience of life.


Corporate Finance Institute ( CFI )

Knowledge vs. Wisdom


Knowledge ( Information )

Knowledge consists of being in possession of a compilation of facts, data, information about a topic, event, person – really, anything that can be learned or known. Knowledge can be acquired over a period of time by researching, studying, investigating, observing, or experiencing the information. It is best understood or recognized as being aware of and understanding concepts and facts, usually in regard to a specific subject.

An individual who is knowledgeable is generally considered to possess an above-average awareness of “truths” – data or information – especially information that pertains to a particular subject and that is considered logical, proven, and something that can be known definitively.

Wisdom ( Experience )

Knowledge of facts and information is somewhat a part of wisdom, in that a wise person gains the ability to sort through and determine what facets of their knowledge are evergreen or applicable to their life, or at least to a specific situation or set of circumstances.

Wisdom is often seen as possessing the ability to take knowledge and apply it in a way that enables you to make your life more meaningful and fulfilling. It enables individuals to discern what is of primary importance in a situation and thereby act in such a way as to reap the maximum possible benefit from the situation – in other words, to make wise choices.

Ultimately, wisdom is taking knowledge – information and facts about the world and about people – and profitably applying it to life. But wisdom also cuts much deeper than that because it involves developing an intimate understanding of life, how the world works, and how knowledge affects someone’s life on a personal level.

Wisdom is frequently associated with experiences. People often interchangeably speak of people who are wise and those with lots of experience.

Bridging the Gap: Turning Knowledge into Wisdom

It’s far easier to seek and obtain knowledge than it is to attain wisdom. Hence, there are a lot more “smart people” than there are “wise men” (or women) in the world.

However, with adequate knowledge, bridging the gap between adequate information and wise application of information can be pretty simple.

Wisdom is a beneficial and practical application of knowledge.

There are myriad examples of translating information and knowledge into wise action



  1. Response
    • Knowledge is specific
    • Whereas, Wisdom is tactical.  It is an overarching view.


Please take before the Lord, your God, a submitted heart and soul.

When he talks into your heart, please chew, ruminate, and accept what he is saying.




Dedicated to Mum.

Sometimes she has to listen in for hours.

And, when I am done, once I am done.

… Justifying self.

She whispers and says I think I have a word…

I was wondering, waiting for you to let me get a word in.


Other Mothers

Please stay prayed up.

Sanctify self so that you can access the counsel of the Holy One.

A Holy God will yet yield you an opportunity to get a word, his word, in.


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