I once heard of a married couple in South Carolina who had an earned master’s degree in criminology. They stole $15,000
worth of goods (including $2,500 worth of jewelry from their neighbor. No one suspected them until one day they decided
to have a yard sale right next doo … More
The plea for wisdom continues in this section. In fact wisdom appears as a female and cries out in the streets (vv. 20-21). She calls out to the crowds at the gates of the fortified cities (v. 21). She addresses the simple minded, the scorners and the fools (v. 22). Wisdom cannot bear the sight of these sinners moving off toward hell and destruction without crying out. She pleads with men to turn, and the reward will be the prophetic promises of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit (v. 23). Because the people feel no need of God’s assistance she will laugh at their calamity and mock when fear cometh (vv. 24-26). There was a temporary joy of independence; but that joy was destined to turn to bitterness of soul, for it was cut off from God for eternity. (vv. 27-31). Their turning away and their propriety produced a false sense of well-being that led them to destruction.
This entire passage could well be used as the basis for a stirring evangelistic message for men to turn from the utter folly of sin to the wisdom of saving faith in Christ. The message is addressed to men who are persistent in turning from the way of wisdom. Those who will listen and turn to God will not only receive His Spirit but will be granted understanding of His word. To all who refuse to listen, they will receive their just deserts. Destruction will overtake them (vv. 31-32). A day will come when wisdom will laugh at their calamity and mock their bitter anguish. What can be worse than for a lost soul to remember in hell the gospel messages he once listened to and refused to accept for his life. It will be too late and God will pay no heed to their pleadings (vv. 28-30).
I’m so thankful that when I humbly admit my foolish mistakes to God, He is patient and forgiving. I’m also thankful that I can look to Him for advice rather than trusting in my own thinking.
Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: "How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you. Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded, because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you, when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices. For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster."
View this passage in NIV (Bible Gateway) »
Proverbs 1:1-7The Title, Purpose And Motto of The Book
Proverbs 1:8-19Warning Against The Enticement of Sinners
Proverbs 1:20-33A Plea For Wisdom
Proverbs 2:1-9The Conditions For Gaining Wisdom
Proverbs 2:10-22God’s Wisdom Will Protect You From Immoral People
Proverbs 3:1-12Exhortations to Obedience
Proverbs 3:13-20The High Value of Wisdom
Proverbs 3:21-26The Value of Wisdom in Building Relationships
Proverbs 3:27-35How to Treat Your Neighbors
Proverbs 4:1-9An Exhortation to Acquire Wisdom
Proverbs 4:10-19How Wisdom Will Keep You Out of Trouble
Proverbs 4:20-27The Value of Wisdom in Producing Health