Proverbs 9

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Greetings! 

Proverbs 9

Invitations of Wisdom and of Folly

 1 Wisdom has built her house;
       she has hewn out its seven pillars.

 2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
       she has also set her table.

 3 She has sent out her maids, and she calls
       from the highest point of the city.

 4 “Let all who are simple come in here!”
       she says to those who lack judgment.

 5 “Come, eat my food
       and drink the wine I have mixed.

 6 Leave your simple ways and you will live;
       walk in the way of understanding.

 7 “Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult;
       whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.

 8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;
       rebuke a wise man and he will love you.

 9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
       teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

 10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
       and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

The distinction between those who accept correction or not is rather sobering.  I’ve been on both sides of that.   When we abandon God and his wisdom we start to believe all sorts of wrong things.

 11 For through me your days will be many,
       and years will be added to your life.

 12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
       if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”

 13 The woman Folly is loud;
       she is undisciplined and without knowledge.

 14 She sits at the door of her house,
       on a seat at the highest point of the city,

 15 calling out to those who pass by,
       who go straight on their way.

 16 “Let all who are simple come in here!”
       she says to those who lack judgment.

 17 “Stolen water is sweet;
       food eaten in secret is delicious!”

 18 But little do they know that the dead are there,
       that her guests are in the depths of the grave. 

Our culture seems to be like the woman Folly (foolishness) – loud, undisciplined, without knowledge, highly visible and tempting.  But note how even the simple can become wise by listening to God’s Word.  They may not score highly on the SAT, but they will have wisdom in life.

We tend to go in one direction or the other – towards wisdom or foolishness.  Which way are you headed today?

What passages stood out to you, and why?

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