Wisdom and Eloquence
St. Augustine advocated for two important qualities in a Christian—wisdom and eloquence.
Put simply, wisdom is knowing what is true, knowing what to do, and knowing how to do it, in any given situation. And eloquence is the ability to put said wisdom into action by knowing what needs to be said, and how and when to say it.
Put another way, wisdom and eloquence are the tools a Christian uses to bring the goodness, truth, and beauty of the City of God to manifest and abound within the city of man.
“The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:1–7, ESV)
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.” (Proverbs 25:11–12, ESV)
“Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom!” (Job 13:5, ESV)
About Scott Postma
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