We try to hide our lack of wisdom. Like the man who bought a yacht. His wife was nervous because he had no experience
sailing. But he knew he could handle it and so for weeks he practiced in the harbor before taking it out to sea. Finally he talked
his nervous wife into going on … More
In chapter seven we read how the adulteress went out in the streets to seduce the young man. Now we see how wisdom, like a virtuous woman, is seen crying in the streets offering services to all who will receive them:
Wisdom speaks openly in the high places and gates. Wisdom does not speak with a seductive voice under the cover of darkness; she stands in the higher parts of the city and goes to every place where people in numbers are apt to be found. She works at the intersections and before the large gates of the city. She is not willing that any should perish. ( II Pet 3:9). She pleads with the simple and the fool to direct their hearts. From the mouth of wisdom proceeds only those things that are right and true. The speech of wisdom is contrasted with the speech of the adulterous woman in verse 8. The words of wisdom are to those who practice hearing them of greater value than silver, gold, or jewels.
Even though wisdom is available to every person many turn it down. That is why it is important for me to have a plan for gaining wisdom and discipline myself to follow that plan.
Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: "To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man. O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense. Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right, for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge. Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her."
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Proverbs 5:1-14Some of The Consequences of Adultery
Proverbs 5:15-23Encouragement to Moral Purity
Proverbs 6:1-11Warning Against Laziness
Proverbs 6:12-19The Description Of a Person Who Stirs up Strife
Proverbs 6:20-35Instruction About The Tragedy of Adultery
Proverbs 7:1-9The Son is Exhorted to Heed The Father’s Teaching
Proverbs 7:10-18How Naive Can You Get?
Proverbs 7:19-27Lives Are Easily Wrecked by Immorality
Proverbs 8:1-11Wisdom Offers Her Service to All
Proverbs 8:12-21Characteristics of Wisdom That Can Become Ours
Proverbs 8:22-36The Involvement of Wisdom in Creation
Proverbs 9:1-12The Way of Wisdom
Proverbs 9:13-18The Way of Folly
Proverbs 10:1-10How to Redeem The Time
Proverbs 10:11-16Contrasts in Life
Proverbs 10:17-24Discipline Brings Quality to Life
Proverbs 10:25-32The Contrast of Righteousness And Wickedness
Proverbs 11:1-5The Lord Hates Dishonesty And Pride
Proverbs 11:6-11A Hyprocrite is Ready to Falsely Accuse
Proverbs 11:12-15A Discussion of Community Relationships
Proverbs 11:16-21Wealth is Very Inferior to Honor
Proverbs 11:22-25All we Really Have is What we Give
Proverbs 11:26-31Only The Righteous Have a Secure Future