Proverbs 2:1-6 KJV My son, if thou wilt receive(H3947) my words, and hide my commandments with thee; (2) So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; (3) Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; (4) If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; (5) Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. (6) For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. (Amp)

 

The word “Wisdom” is in the Old Testament one hundred eighty one (181) times and in the New Testament fifty three (53) times.

 

The word “Understanding” is in the Old Testament one hundred thirty six (136) times and in the New Testament twenty four (24) times.

 

The word “Knowledge” is in the Old Testament one hundred twenty times (120) times and in the New Testament fifty two(52) times.

 

The word “Receive” is in the Old Testament forty eight (48) times and in the New Testament one hundred twenty eight (128) times.

 

Why is the words “Wisdom“, “Knowledge” and “Understanding” addressed in the Old Testament four hundred thirty seven (437) times and in the New Testament only  one hundred and twenty nine times (129), while the word “Receive” is in the New Testament one hundred twenty eight (128) times and only forty eight (48) times in the Old Testament?  This is a wonderful question and can be answered by the scriptures themselves.

 

The Old Testament Saints did not have what we have been given in the New Testament for example,

regarding Knowledge of God:

(John 1:18 AMP) No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

 

(John 17:26 AMP) I have made Your Name known to them and revealed Your character and Your very Self, and I will continue to make [You] known, that the love which You have bestowed upon Me may be in them [felt in their hearts] and that I [Myself] may be in them.

 

 regarding Understanding:

(1 John 5:20 AMP) And we [have seen and] know [positively] that the Son of God has [actually] come to this world and has given us understanding and insight [progressively] to perceive (recognize) and come to know better and more clearly Him Who is true; and we are in Him Who is true–in His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah). This [Man] is the true God and Life eternal.

 

(Ephesians 1:18 KJV) The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

 

(Luke 24:45 KJV)  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 

 

 regarding Wisdom:

1 Corinthians 1:30 KJV But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

 

James 1:5 KJV If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

 

The answer to our question.

 We want to be sure that the answer to our question is clear.  The answer is Jesus, the Christ, the living Word of God, the only Way to the Father.  Jesus is our Savior, Healer, Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification, Redemption, our Amen, our All in All.  Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith and it is through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord that we become sharers of our Father Gods’ vary Own Nature.

 2 Peter 1:1-4 KJV Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: (2) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, (3) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (4) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

 

Jesus is the Guarantee that the New Testament is better than the Old Testament. What we are called to do now is to receive what Jesus has purchased for us with His Blood.

Hebrews 7:22 AMP In keeping with [the oath’s greater strength and force], Jesus has become the Guarantee of a better (stronger) agreement [a more excellent and more advantageous covenant].

Hebrews 5:9 KJV And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Wisdom Scriptures

 

Proverbs 3:13-18 KJV Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. (14) For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. (15) She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. (16) Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. (17) Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. (18) She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. 

 

1 Corinthians 1:30 KJV But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

 

James 1:5-6 KJV If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (6) “But let him ask in faith, . . . .”

 

 

(Proverbs 3:19 KJV) The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

 

Proverbs 4:5-6 KJV Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. (6) Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

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Understanding Scriptures

 

Proverbs 4:7 KJV Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

 

Proverbs 9:10-11 KJV The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (11) For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

 

Job 28:28 KJV And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

 

Ephesians 5:17 KJV Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

 

1 John 5:20 KJV And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

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Knowledge Scriptures

 

2 Corinthians 4:6 KJV For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 4:13 KJV Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

1 Timothy 2:4 KJV Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

2 Peter 1:2-5 KJV
(2) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
(3) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
(4) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
(5) And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

Proverbs 1:7 KJV The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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Receive Scriptures and Webster’s Defintion

 

Hebrew meaning – H3947ָלַקחlāqaḥ: A verb meaning to take, to get. Its exact meaning must be discerned from its context

Greek meaning Strong #G2983, – λαμβάνω`, lambanō, “A prolonged form of a primary verb, which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses; to take (in very many applications, literally and figuratively [probably objective or active, to get hold of;….”

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary – See Attachment
RECE’IVE, v.t. [L. recipio; re and capio, to take.]
1. To take, as a thing offered or sent; to accept. He had the offer of a donation, but he would not receive it.
2. To take as due or as a reward. He received the money on the day it was payable. He received ample compensation.
3. To take or obtain from another in any manner, and either good or evil.
Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? Job 2.
4. To take, as a thing communicated; as, to receive a wound by a shot; to receive a disease by contagion.
The idea of a solidity we receive by our touch.
5. To take or obtain intellectually; as, to receive an opinion or notion from others.
6. To embrace.
Receive with meekness the engrafted word. James 1.
7. To allow; to hold; to retain; as a custom long received.
8. To admit.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Psa 73.
9. To welcome; to lodge and entertain; as a guest.
They kindled a fire and received us every one, because of the present rain and because of the cold. Acts 28.
10. To admit into membership or fellowship.
Him that is weak in the faith, receive ye. Rom 14.
11. To take in or on; to hold; to contain.
The brazen altar was too little to receive the burnt-offering. 1 Ki 8.
12. To be endowed with.
Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit has come upon you. Acts 1.
13. To take into a place or state.
After the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into heaven. Mark 16.
14. To take or have as something ascribed; as, to receive praise or blame. Rev 4. Rev 5.
15. To bear with or suffer. 2 Cor 11.
16. To believe in. John 1.
17. To accept or admit officially or in an official character. The minister was received by the emperor or court.
18. To take stolen goods from a thief, knowing them to be stolen.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Receive

Proverbs 8:10 KJV Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

James 1:21 KJV Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

Mark 4:20 KJV And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.