Proverbs 8

earth.jpgGreetings!  In Proverbs 7 an adulteress calls out, but in Proverbs 8 wisdom personified as a woman calls out.  The importance of wisdom is emphasized.  It is more important than riches.

Verse 17 notes that all who seek widsom will find it.  That reminds me of Matthew 7:7-8 where Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Wisdom is offered to the simple and foolish, but will they accept it?  I have known many people who weren’t intelligent by the world’s standards, but they were wise.  I have known even more who were intelligent but foolish. 

 1 Does not wisdom call out?
       Does not understanding raise her voice? 

2 On the heights along the way,
       where the paths meet, she takes her stand;

 3 beside the gates leading into the city,
       at the entrances, she cries aloud:

 4 “To you, O men, I call out;
       I raise my voice to all mankind.

 5 You who are simple, gain prudence;
       you who are foolish, gain understanding.

 6 Listen, for I have worthy things to say;
       I open my lips to speak what is right.

 7 My mouth speaks what is true,
       for my lips detest wickedness.

 8 All the words of my mouth are just;
       none of them is crooked or perverse.

 9 To the discerning all of them are right;
       they are faultless to those who have knowledge.

 10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
       knowledge rather than choice gold,

 11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
       and nothing you desire can compare with her.

 12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
       I possess knowledge and discretion.

 13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil;
       I hate pride and arrogance,
       evil behavior and perverse speech.

 14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
       I have understanding and power.

 15 By me kings reign
       and rulers make laws that are just;

 16 by me princes govern,
       and all nobles who rule on earth.

 17 I love those who love me,
       and those who seek me find me.

 18 With me are riches and honor,
       enduring wealth and prosperity.

 19 My fruit is better than fine gold;
       what I yield surpasses choice silver.

 20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
       along the paths of justice,

 21 bestowing wealth on those who love me
       and making their treasuries full.

 22 “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, 
       before his deeds of old;

 23 I was appointed from eternity,
       from the beginning, before the world began.

 24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth,
       when there were no springs abounding with water;

 25 before the mountains were settled in place,
       before the hills, I was given birth,

 26 before he made the earth or its fields
       or any of the dust of the world.

 27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
       when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,

 28 when he established the clouds above
       and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,

 29 when he gave the sea its boundary
       so the waters would not overstep his command,
       and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.

 30 Then I was the craftsman at his side.
       I was filled with delight day after day,
       rejoicing always in his presence,

 31 rejoicing in his whole world
       and delighting in mankind.

 32 “Now then, my sons, listen to me;
       blessed are those who keep my ways.

 33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
       do not ignore it.

 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
       watching daily at my doors,
       waiting at my doorway.

 35 For whoever finds me finds life
       and receives favor from the LORD.

 36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself;
       all who hate me love death.”

Blessings, life and favor from the Lord await those who seek wisdom. 

Wow, talk about a direct ending: “All who hate me love death.”  Rejecting wisdom is a bad idea.

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3 Responses

  1. I changed my name for the sake of Hidden One…. : )

    vs. 22-31
    Wisdom is here personified, as in 1:20-33; 3:15-18; 9:1-12. In addition, these verses have traditionally been understood as a Messianic prophecy, a description of the preincarnate Christ. They provide some of the language for the New Testament portrayal of Christ as the divine Word (John 1:-3) and as the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24, 30; Colossians 2:3). Here, wisdom is an attribute of God involved with him in creation.

  2. “I changed my name for the sake of Hidden One…. : )”

    Now, of course, the question is, ‘which Rebecca is now Rebecca V?’ 😉

    Don’t worry about it… as long as the other doesn’t become ‘Rebecca V’ too, everything should be ok. 😛

  3. I’m the one who always puts my two cents in…..
    This is the first time I’ve seen another Rebecca on this blog. The more the merrier, or more confusing!

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