Proverbs

Proverbs 1:20-33 – The Call of Wisdom

20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
    in the markets she raises her voice;
21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
    at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
    and fools hate knowledge?
23 If you turn at my reproof,
behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;
    I will make my words known to you.
24 Because I have called and you refused to listen,
    have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
25 because you have ignored all my counsel
    and would have none of my reproof,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
    I will mock when terror strikes you,
27 when terror strikes you like a storm
    and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
    when distress and anguish come upon you.
28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
    they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge
    and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
30 would have none of my counsel
    and despised all my reproof,
31 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way,
    and have their fill of their own devices.
32 For the simple are killed by their turning away,
    and the complacency of fools destroys them;
33 but whoever listens to me will dwell secure
    and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

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A translation:

Wisdom is speaking out publicly – she cries out to those in authority, and to those in the street.

She says, “How long will you ignore me, who can only be found in God? If you had responded to me when I told you this, I would have given myself to you. But since you rejected me when I came to you, and since you ignored me, I will laugh at your hardships when they come. When distress and trouble overwhelm you, you will look for me but not find me since you hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord. Since you wouldn’t listen to my warnings you will reap what you have sewn, for your laziness toward me will be your downfall. But whoever listens to me will be in safety without fear of harm.”

Ask yourself:

Have I shut the door to the wisdom God is showing me through His word or through the people he places around me?

Know this:

Wisdom is important if we want to know how to traverse this life, and ultimately the only wisdom that matters is knowing who Christ is and what He has done. We must listen.

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