Episode 46: Wisdom Speaks!

Proverbs 8:12-21

“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;

I possess knowledge and discretion.

To fear the Lord is to hate evil;

I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power.

By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just;

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

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

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

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

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

bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me

and making their treasuries full.

 

To King Solomon, it’s as if wisdom is a real person. She calls out to the whole world, inviting them to enjoy true knowledge and insight. She has a voice. And in this passage, she speaks.

 

So who is this woman?

 

Wisdom is the personification of godly insight. When she speaks, we hear the heart of God, see the character of Christ, and experience the purifying power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s listen: Continue reading “Episode 46: Wisdom Speaks!”

Episode 45: A Repeated Invitation

Proverbs 8:1-11

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

At the highest point along the way,

where the paths meet, she takes her stand;

beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud:

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

You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.

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

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

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

To the discerning all of them are right;

they are upright to those who have found knowledge.

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

for wisdom is more precious than rubies,

and nothing you desire can compare with her.

 

In contrast to the adulterer who lurks in the shadows at dusk, Solomon says that Wisdom openly calls to the multitudes on the busy thoroughfare at the city’s gate. While sin victimizes the foolish and gullible, Wisdom offers to make them wise and discerning. While fools chase jewels and precious metals that will pass away, Wisdom promises incomparable blessings that will last forever.

 

As in Proverbs 1, Solomon invites us to listen to the voice of Wisdom as she cries out from the highest towers in the marketplace. Her voice is heard above the din and proclaims that: Continue reading “Episode 45: A Repeated Invitation”

Episode 44: An Impassioned Appeal

Proverbs 7:24-27

Now then, my sons, listen to me;

pay attention to what I say.

Do not let your heart turn to her ways

or stray into her paths.

Many are the victims she has brought down;

her slain are a mighty throng.

Her house is a highway to the grave,

leading down to the chambers of death.

 

With all the authority and seriousness he can muster, King Solomon implores his sons to listen to him and obey his guidance.

 

One day soon, these princes will be out in the world, facing sin and its consequences. Their father knows he cannot control their choices; but he hopes that his sons will remember his deep love and wise counsel when they face sexual temptation. Continue reading “Episode 44: An Impassioned Appeal”

Episode 43: An Example to Avoid

Proverbs 7:6-23

At the window of my house I looked down through the lattice.

I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense.

He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house

at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.

Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.

(She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home; now in the street,

now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)

She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:

“Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.

So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!

I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.

I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.

Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love!

My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.

He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.” Continue reading “Episode 43: An Example to Avoid”

Episode 42: Three Ways We Can Engage the Truth

Proverbs 7:1-5

My son, keep my words

and store up my commands within you.

Keep my commands and you will live;

guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.

Bind them on your fingers;

write them on the tablet of your heart.

Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”

and to insight, “You are my relative.”

They will keep you from the adulterous woman,

from the wayward woman with her seductive words.

 

Solomon continues to implore his sons to guard themselves against adultery and seduction. In this passage, he illustrates three ways we can engage the truth so that it can keep us from sin: Continue reading “Episode 42: Three Ways We Can Engage the Truth”