Solomon continues his praise of wisdom in this passage. He compares wisdom to rubies, stating that nothing one could want could compare to her. She gives long life, riches, honor, pleasure, and peace. The Lord created the universe by wisdom. The ecosystem is a product of wisdom. Wisdom is the key to a young person’s success, guiding his or her path and making all aspects of the day safe. Solomon then changes gear slightly, showing some practical applications of wisdom. He encourages generosity and compassion with those in need. Solomon discourages strife with a neighbor. He strongly suggests having good role models, reminding the reader that the evil and perverse are cursed, but the righteous hear the voice of God.
34 Surely He scorns the scornful,
But gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise shall inherit glory,
But shame shall be the legacy of fools.
This passage clearly teaches the young man or woman the value of wisdom and the power of a close relationship with one’s Creator. Instead of forging ahead blindly with your own plan, stop long enough to consult God’s word and to hear His Spirit speak to your heart. When you do, He will communicate the deep truths that can make your life good in so many ways. Hear the Lord and His wisdom. It is greater than any other words that will come into your heart and mind today!