Jun. 13. “Lady Wisdom” Speaks; Wisdom and Foolishness Contrasted

Prov. 8:1-11:31

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.”

“A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.” The wise man wrote a series of contrasting statements. Wise and righteous are terms that describe the best characteristics of man. They are depicted as being loving, obedient, industrious and peaceful. Some of the blessings that accrue to those individuals are long life, riches, security, salvation, knowledge, understanding, life, gladness and strength. Fools on the other hand are wicked, shameful, violent, slanderous, hateful and lazy. Instead of blessings, fools suffer the consequences of their choices. They become poor, downcast, lost in sin, liars and destroyed with shortened lives.

“Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight.” This is the first of a long series of directly contrasting statements presented by the wise man. It should be the desire of everyone to live positive lives before God and his fellowman and to reap the reward promised to the righteous at the end.