“Whence then does wisdom come from?
Where is the place of understanding?
It is hid from the eyes of all living.
It is concealed from the birds of the air.
Abaddon and Death say.
‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’”
The biblical author keeps posing the same question. Where does this wisdom come from? Where is there any understanding? No living eyes, even birds, have ever seen wisdom. However, we do get a glimpse of where we might find this wisdom. Abaddon, which is another name for Sheol or perdition, with death itself have heard rumors about this wisdom. Perhaps death and the afterlife will be the source of wisdom.