Apr. 9. “Lady Wisdom” Speaks

Prov. 8:1-9:18

Wisdom is personified as a woman who speaks to all of mankind. Before the world was created she was present. It was through her that God created the world and all the things that are in it. Just as the evil woman is eager to entice foolish men, wisdom also calls all men to accept her. She speaks truth, righteousness and knowledge. The fruit of wisdom is more precious than the most precious metals and gems. Men have a choice. Acceptance of wisdom leads to life and rejection leads to death.

When one wishes to lavishly entertain guests, he prepares a huge feast. Wisdom has built her house with perfect materials. Everything for the feast is well prepared and available to all who are willing to partake. Those who refuse her instructions hate the ones who would correct them in their errors. However, the person who accepts wisdom loves correction and will use it to make himself better. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Wisdom promises increased days of life. In deep contrast the feast provided by the sinful woman offers the pleasures of life that seem to be sweet at the time, but in the end, “Her guests are in the depths of hell.”