The Call of Wisdom (Proverbs 9:1 – 12)

This passage outlines the efforts of wisdom to help the simple and unwise achieve wisdom.  The allegory of a woman who cares for her family’s needs at her house is used, as wisdom is described as building a house, killing meat for the meal, furnishing the table, and calling for the simple to come to dinner.  She offers them the opportunity to eat her bread and drink of her wine, to forsake foolishness and go in the way of understanding.  She then goes on to warn against correcting a scofferor rebuking a wicked man, as you will harm yourself.  However, she encourages the reader to rebuke a wise man, for then he will love you and become wiser.  Solomon then pens the famous words:

10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 

11 For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you. 

12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.”

The simple truth here is that wisdom desires to bless those who embrace her.  Without wisdom, there is no possibility of improvement or bettering of one’s self.  However, the wise man seeks correction and receives instruction at every opportunity.  Don’t shun any opportunity to learn or grow: spiritually, intellectually, emotionally.  God is at every turn of your life longing to help you become the man or woman He had called you to be!

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