A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and brings down the trusted stronghold.
This proverb shows that wisdom is more powerful than physical strength.
Many who have strength—whether individuals, cities or countries—place their confidence in that strength. And that confidence is a weakness in the eyes of a wise person.
For example, the Babylonian king Belshazzar felt his city was impregnable due to its enormous walls and moats. Yet Cyrus the Great wisely diverted the flow of the Euphrates River, which ran into the city. His armies entered the city on the riverbed and defeated an unprepared Belshazzar and Babylon.
Another example is in Acts 22 where the apostle Paul was being attacked by Jews who were offended by his preaching. Outnumbering Paul, the Jews intended to scourge him. Yet Paul wisely reminded the officials that he was a Roman citizen. They feared the repercussions, and he was released.
God tells us to gain wisdom because of the value it will bring to our lives (Proverbs 4:5-9; Matthew 10:16). The best source of wisdom is God and His Word (John 17:17; James 1:5).
To learn more about the book that is dedicated to the subject of wisdom, read our article “Proverbs.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: "Joseph Is Blessed by God."