144 PRICE IN HAND OF THE [SER. VII.
The text says—
" There is a price in the hand of a
fool to get wisdom."
By this we are to understand, that the
means to obtain wisdom, through the
benevolence of God, are placed in our
hands. We have reason, conscience, the
holy scriptures, the ordinances of God's
house, the preaching of the gospel, the
aids of the Holy Spirit, liberty of access
to God through Christ, by prayer and
supplication; we have pious parents, re¬
lations, friends, or good books to assist
us. Here then is a price, a talent, or
rather, talents of inestimable value placed
into our hands to obtain wisdom; and
by persevering in the right use of these
means, we cannot fail to attain it. St.
James says,—" 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. Bid let him ask in faith, no¬
thing wavering. For he that wavereth is