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READING: Proverbs 8-9 – Gifts of Wisdom, Wisdom’s Feast, General Maxims, & Folly’s Invitation                    Archives are here  

These two chapters focus on Lady Wisdom, whom we met in Proverbs 1 crying out in public places for people to listen to her to find life. We have similar instructions in these chapters. 

“Does not wisdom call and raise her voice?” Then we hear her saying, “My cry is to all that live. O simple ones, learn prudence; acquire intelligence. I will speak noble things, for my mouth utters truth. All my words are righteous; nothing twisted is in them. Take my instruction instead of silver and choice gold. I live with prudence and attain knowledge and discretion.” (8:1-12) 

 Do you see how Wisdom is personified; it is not an attribute of people but is instruction for all people who listen. Wisdom in us is to know God; Wisdom continues, “The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. I have insight. By me Kings reign, rulers’ rule, and nobles – all who govern rightly. Those who seek me diligently find me. Riches and honor are with me. I walk in the way of righteousness, endowing with wealth those who love me.” (8:13-21) 

Remember that true riches are those laid up in Heaven. 

Wisdom was with God before the beginning of cration. “The LORD created me at the beginning of His work. When He had not yet made earth and fields, or the world’s first bits of soil, I was there. I was beside Him, like a master builder. I was daily His delight, rejoicing in His inhabited world and delighting in humanity.” (8:22-31)  

With all this in view, listen to Wisdom’s words as she says, “Now, my children, listen to me. Hear instruction and be wise. Happy is the one who listens to me, for whoever finds me finds life, but those who miss me injure themselves; all who hate me love death.” (8:32-36) 

TORAH literally means INSTRUCTION. Torah is the Old Covenant. The New Covenant surpasses the Old Covenant given at Sinai. The New Covenant is Messiah’s blood given for all people whom God loves. Like Jesus, Wisdom has a feast prepared for those who listen. 

“Wisdom has built her house. She has slaughtered her animals; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent her servant-girls out. She calls from the highest places” for the simple and those having no sense to come in to eat her bread and drink her wine. (9:1-6) 

General maxims: Rebuking a scoffer or the wicked brings hurt, but “The wise, when rebuked, will love you. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of Wisdom. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.” (9:7-12) 

The foolish woman is loud and ignorant, knowing nothing. She calls those who pass by, saying “You who are simple, turn in here. Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But her guests are in the depths of Sheol.” (9:13-18) 

Unfortunately, most people listen to ignorant, foolish guides. 

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MY PRAYER FOR YOU (and for myself)  

Holy Father, my prayer for all who read this and for myself, is that we will each seek LADY WISDOM and listen to her teaching and instruction, knowing that what she says is from you. For myself, and for all who read this, in the name of Jesus, I pray, AMEN! 

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