In today's first and second readings we ask God for a great gift, the gift of Wisdom, but those two readings asks God for two different kinds of Wisdom.
The first reading is from The Book of Wisdom , and the wisdom we there ask God for is identified as being the same as Prudence. That kind of Wisdom always makes choices that will make him or her happy in the long run. The Old Testament speaks of Wisdom as having a sister named Folly. Folly always makes choices that will give her pleasure now, while the other sister, Wisdom, makes choices that will make her happy in the long run.
Today's Second Reading has us asking God for the Wisdom to see things the way God sees them. That kind of Wisdom helps one to understand difficult matters. The reading says, it is "sharper than a two edged sword." It gives one the ability."to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart."
We need both kinds of wisdom. We need to be wise enough to see trouble coming; and we ned to be wise enough to understand what is really going on.