The Way of Wisdom

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Wisdom

In this chapter we are informed that wisdom has built her house and invites men to come to the banquet she has prepared (vv. 1-6). The seven pillars suggest the splendor of the house (v. 1). Wisdom provides an elaborate banquet for all who will come. Animals have been slain, and the wine has been flavored with spices to give it the best possible flavor (v. 2). The maidens who attend are then sent forth to summon the guests (vv. 3-5). They cry from the highest places so that all may hear the gracious invitation. Her compassion is expressed in her sincere interest in those simple ones who, want experience and lack of sound judgment, and are so apt to go astray (v. 6).

He that reproveth a scorner gathereth to himself shame (vv. 7-12). Those who heed wisdom respond to and learn from rebuke (v. 8), add to their knowledge (v. 9) and enjoy life (v. 11). But those who heed folly’s call are not open to correction (vv. 7-8) so they suffer (v. 12b). They are mockers unwilling to be corrected. “Rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee” (v. 8). To accentuate the  positive and eliminate the negative is the philosophy of many today.” “No” has just about disappeared from the average home, school and working situation. The Garden of Eden clearly heard the big “no” from God and it’s disregard is still felt today. The Ten Commandments major on negatives. God needs people who cannot only take a “no” but also say “no” to the destructive habits of our day. The scorner, according to verse 12, must pay the penalty. He has so hardened himself that he is beyond the reach of reason and love. The just man can take teaching and learn from it (v. 9). Most of our education today is like (II Timothy 3:7) says, “Ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him” (James 1:5).

Application

According to James, if I ask the Lord for wisdom He has promised to give it to me liberally. I just need to be sincere and continue to ask Him.

Proverbs 9:1-12 (English Standard Version)

Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars. She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her young women to call from the highest places in the town, "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks sense she says, "Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight." Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

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