Let’s read that verse. Ecclesiastes 10:2 says, “A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.”

Most people are right-handed. The right hand is considered to be the stronger and more dexterous of the two, while the left hand is considered weaker and more awkward. We find the analogy of the right hand used several times in the scriptures. For example, Isaiah 62:8 says, “The LORD hath sworn by his RIGHT HAND, and by THE ARM OF HIS STRENGTH, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast labored.” While the Lord is all-powerful, the symbolism of dexterity and strength is also applied to Him.

The wise man has the knowledge to do the right thing in the right way, while the foolish man will be awkward in his ways. The wise man is able to direct his affections in the right direction, while the foolish man is moved by changing and varying whims.

A similar wording is found in Ecclesiastes 2:14, “The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness.” This shows us that wisdom possesses the same advantage over folly that sight does over blindness.

Realizing the advantage of wisdom, we might wonder how to find this wisdom. Job pondered that, and we read in Job 28:20-23, “Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air. Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears. God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.” True wisdom is of the Lord and we gain wisdom by seeking the Lord. James 1:5 tells us, “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.” (334.6)