G5894 - Strong's Greek Lexicon Number


Wisdom, Knowledge.
See Definition for sophia { [G4678]}
See Definition for phronesis { [G5428]}
See Definition for gnosis { [G1108]}
See Definition for epignosis { [G1922]}

sophia is certainly the highest word of all these. It is properly
wisdom. It denotes mental excellence in the highest and fullest
sense, expressing an attitude as well as an act of the mind.
It comprehends knowledge and implies goodness, including the striving
after the highest ends, as well as the using of the best means for
their attainment. It is never ascribed to any one but God and good
men, except in a plainly ironical sense.

phronesis is a middle term, sometimes having a meaning nearly as
high as sophia, sometimes much lower. It means prudence,
intelligence, a skillful adaptation of the means to the end
desired, the end, however, not being necessarily a good one.

gnosis is knowledge, cognition, the understanding of facts or
truths, or else insight, discernment.

epignosis has an intensive meaning as compared with gnosis, it
is a fuller, clearer, more thorough knowledge. The verb epiginosko
has the same intensive force as compared with ginosko.