For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.
God blessed King Solomon with unmatched wisdom. The exercise of that wisdom created extraordinary prosperity and power. And yet, Solomon was not immune from the consequences of his own poor choices.
As he grew older, he realized that Continue reading “Episode 8: Death & Destruction or Safety & Peace?”
“Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me,
since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord.
Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,
they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.”
Each of us will eat the fruit of our choices. Whether that fruit will be bitter or sweet will depend on whether Continue reading “Episode 7: All Actions Have Consequences”
“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?
Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke,
I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you…” Continue reading “Episode 6: Wisdom Requires Repentance”
Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
on top of the wall she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech…
There are some who say that private morals shouldn’t make their way into the public square; when in fact, that’s precisely where they belong.
In contrast, Solomon counsels that Wisdom calls ardently from the heights of the marketplace, trying to persuade all within earshot to choose truth over foolishness. Continue reading “Episode 5: Morality in the Public Square”
These men lie in wait for their own blood;
they ambush only themselves!
Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
it takes away the life of those who get it.
There are actually two victims of ill-gotten gain: the victim and the victimizer. Continue reading “Episode 4: Ill-Gotten Gain Ultimately Destroys”