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The way of folly

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Folly

Wisdom and folly are depicted by two female characters in this chapter. First wisdom is seen as a queen in a fine house attended  by her maidens. Both make invitations. Wisdom’s invitation (vv. 1-6) and Folly’s invitation (vv. 13-18). Wisdom prepares a lovely banquet which is held at the highest point of the city (vv. 2-3). Folly is portrayed as a harlot who uses sexual immorality to attract as she also calls from the highest point of the city.

Folly follows the path of the foolish, clamorous woman who prepares a feast of “stolen waters” and “bread eaten in secret” (v. 17). Sin is no less anxious to destroy than wisdom is to save. Both  have attractive offerings but how opposite are the consequences.  Folly yields habits that cannot be broken and ends with destruction of soul and body in hell forever.

Folly offers immediate gratification whereas wisdom offers long-term satisfaction. In this passage it is pointed out that wisdom and folly result in either life or death. Almost every verse in the remainder of Proverbs points to one or both of these paths and their consequences.

Application

It would be good for me to make a list some of the benefits of listening to wisdom. Then I need to list some of the consequences of not listening to wisdom. What are some things I could do as a husband and dad to increase my wisdom.

Proverbs 9:13-18 (English Standard Version)

The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on the highest places of the town, calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way, "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" And to him who lacks sense she says, "Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant." But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

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