Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman.
Dissected & Defined
Wisdom is skill in living. Understanding is knowledge applied. A kinswoman is a female family member.
“This is a story of a lovely lady…” Ah, the typical American family—the Brady Bunch! I remember one particular scene on the school playground. Cindy was playing with her friends when Seth, the class bully, pulled her ponytail. As she cried, he sneered in laughter and called her a sissy. But Cindy wasn’t alone. Big brother Peter came to the rescue! Peter wasn’t about to let Seth pick on his little sister, no matter how much she got on his nerves! Well, Peter came home with a shiny bruise on his cheek and a few scratches. But he was Cindy’s hero.
There’s a unique sense of protection and responsibility that male family members have over their female family members. In this verse, God compares that bond to both gaining skill and remaining skillful in life. First, he tells us that skill in living should be valued as we would value a sister. I never had a sister, but my children have a sister. They look up to her and consider her to be the smartest person in our family. She also is usually the best behaved. Sisters seem to always be right. Brothers seem to always be wrong.
Respect & Admiration for Wisdom
In other words, you need to have great respect and admiration for wisdom. You should not only seek and search for it, you should value and protect it. You would do well to remember there are many out there that will attack this sister of wisdom and try to make you think she is unimportant. I pity a brother that would allow his sister to be ridiculed or devalued in some way. But we do the same with our sister Wisdom.
How to Attain Skill in Living
You can attain skill in living and meet the needs of your family, or you can reject it and have others meet your life’s needs. When someone takes care of us we call them “our daddy.” Instead of looking at who can help us with their skills, look to whom we can help with our living skills. In other words, stop asking “who’s my daddy?” and start asking “where’s my sister!”