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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.
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.
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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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
Proverbs 12:1-5Right Thoughts Result in Right Actions
Proverbs 12:6-10Our Chief Aim Should Be to Build Others up
Proverbs 12:11-16Wicked Words Are The Product of An Evil Heart
Proverbs 12:17-22Careless Words Are Harmful
Proverbs 12:20-28A Contrast Between Diligence And Laziness