1 Wisdom has built her house; she has set up 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 servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city,
4 “Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have no sense she says,
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 insight.”
7 Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
8 Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.
9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For through wisdom 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 Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing.
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 to my house!” To those who have no sense she says,
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 deep in the realm of the dead.
One thing I have always appreciated about the Bible is that so much of it is written for a thick-headed guy like me. Proverbs alone is riddled with “Don’t do this because it will lead to death” and “do this because you will be blessed”, I need that. I need to have the Lord tell me because it saves me from myself and I know all to well where my “self motivation” leads me.
Verses 1-6 and 10-12 speak openly about wisdom calling out to us and openly offering us all that it has. “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.” (v.5-6) I love it. Come and get wisdom and insight. Not a series of intricate steps, just come and you will get it. Come into the Lords presence and you will get wisdom and insight. It says later that the beginning of this all is through “the fear of the Lord”. The fear of the Lord and knowledge of Him bring true wisdom and understanding. Pretty neat huh? We begin to know the Lord, we come to fear Him and all that He is and we gain wisdom and understanding.
The other side of this coin is verses 7-9 and 13-18 where it talks about avoiding the woman “Folly” and the mocker. Again, plain as day stuff here. Don’t correct a mocker because he is in no place to receive any sort of correction, it will only egg him on even more and cause the attention of his mockery to focus on you. Stay away from the “unruly woman”; this could be many things. We so often think this is speaking about a prostitute on the corner and yet she is so much more; she is the lustful thoughts you have about the woman at work, she is the woman on the porn site you visit when your wife/family aren’t around, she is the ex-girlfriend you look up on Facebook just to “see how she is doing”. Folly comes in many forms but it always ends the same way, “’Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!’ But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.” (v.17-18). It may seem innocent; it may seem like it doesn’t harm anyone but it does and it leads to destruction (of your marriage, of your family, of your job, etc).
Proverbs was written to give us guidance and wisdom and if we make a commitment to read through it and actually take it to heart you will be amazed at the change it can bring and in a day where common sense is desperately lacking we need more people reading through this book.
I am a passion driven follower of Christ with a desire to lead his people in worship, be a serving husband and a great father. My beautiful wife Heather is my best friend and our marriage of almost 3 years has been the best years of my life. We are also expecting our first child sometime in September and are doing everything we can to prepare for it.
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