The subject of the book of Proverbs, is wisdom. Wisdom is the ultimate power by which a person reaches his highest spiritual perfection, by which all other things are brought into harmony with perfect perspective, and is personified by life-giving discernment and creativity.
The purpose of the Proverbs, and the purpose of the Bible, is to educate. To educate, so that a person can know.
Instruction, is the learning by training, combined with the self-discipline of a dedication produced by a genuine desire to learn the ultimate truths of life.
Understanding, is the ability to perceive and discern right from wrong, truth from false, real from pretense.
All too often people failed to achieve wisdom, because they never begin the process of learning by means of instruction.
And that simply means, it is impossible to understand or be oriented to life, when you do not have a foundation of Bible doctrine within your soul.
Without doctrine you have only pretense and invented truths, which are really falsehoods.
Without doctrine, the only thing you can do is play games at impressing others who lack doctrine. Which is to say, a fool, who fools, fools. And that is something that is not worth boasting about.
The entire thrust of the Bible, is to bring people to salvation through Christ, first of all, and then secondly, to bring people to wisdom through instruction in doctrine.
The biggest and only failure of an unbeliever, is to reject Christ.
The biggest failure of the believer in Christ, is to refuse to learn, and therefore not advance in their spiritual life. And the biggest embarrassment of the believer in Christ, is to know that instruction and doctrine is available, but they simply don’t pursue it.