A young man loaned an acquaintance $500, but failed to get the borrower’s signature on a receipt. When the guy hadn’t paid him back a year later, he realized he had probably lost the money due to lack of proof. He asked his father what to do.
“The answer is simple,” his father said. “Just write him and say you need the $1,000 you loaned him.” “You mean $500,” his son replied. “No, you need to say $1,000. He’ll immediately write back that he owes you only $500, and then you’ll have it in writing!” This father provided wise counsel and his son was able to receive profitable words in writing.
I’m sure that piece of wisdom put a smile on the son’s face.
The last verse in this passage is actually 8:1 and it says, “a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness [countenance] of his face shall be changed.”
But what we see in this passage is three ways that wisdom makes us smile.