1 Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice?
2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, Beside the way, where the paths meet.
3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entrance of the doors:
4 “To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men.
5 O you simple ones, understand prudence, And you fools, be of an understanding heart.
6 Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things;
7 For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.
9 They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold;
11 For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.
It helps us to remember that the Bible was not written in chapters and verses. Chapters and verses were added later so we could find particular places. Knowing that helps us think around these divisions. Proverbs chapter 7 is a description of an immoral woman who calls out to the simple man with the intent to ruin his life. Chapter 8 is the call of the woman Wisdom to the simple man with the intent to make him wise. To understand the contrast read all of chapter 7 then go right into chapter 8 as if it were the same thought. For whereas foolish people want to ruin those who follow them, wise people want to build up people who follow them.
These instructions should open the eyes of our understanding to the people we listen to, the people we want to accept us, the people who will ultimately harm us and the people who will be good for us. My father taught me that the things that change your life are the books you read and the people you meet. He was just following the instruction of Solomon. The people we meet and want to be like do change our lives for better or for worse.
In our work-a-day world, we cannot determine who will work next to us, over us, or below us. We have to endure some pretty foul and foolish people. However, we don’t have to become their best friend, nor do we have to let their foolishness influence our lives. Solomon’s point here is that there are different people around us, some will do us evil, some will do us good. Be careful who you hang out with. They will influence your life.
Once again, I must thank all who prayed for me and for your pastor yesterday. God was honored as His name was exalted and His word was opened. The dinner plate of the meat and vegetables of the Word was served and God’s people were fed. After church we had another group of JIBC family over for lunch. What a blessed time we had enjoying our food and then enjoying one another. Bobbi and I love hearing how our new friends journeyed to faith in Christ. So many people from so many places through so many different circumstances, some quite painful, to find the grace of God greater than their sin. Only God can be behind this much love and grace and faith.
Have a great day in the Lord,