1 Does not wisdom call out?Proverbs 8:1-8 NIV
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 At the highest point along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gate leading into the city,
at the entrance, she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O people, I call out;
I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.
6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.
So the last couple chapters have had themes of wayward and destructive relationships. There was a seductress beaconing a simple man yesterday. In a similar way, Wisdom pursues the simple, drawing them into deep relationship with her. However, She is not in some back alley place, but on the “highest point along the way.”
Out in the open, if only one would hear her voice. Her “mouth speaks what is true.” Her words are just, not twisted. Wisdom doesn’t need to connive anybody. Doesn’t need wicked or perverse ways to persuade.
Now here’s my question to you: who are you listening to? Lies that sounds like the truth (maybe what you’d like to hear) or Truth right out in the open, that may hurt or be awkward…but yet it is Wisdom?
Think about it and consider leaving a comment.
6 At the window of my houseProverbs 7:6-9 NIV
I looked down through the lattice.
7 I saw among the simple,
I noticed among the young men,
a youth who had no sense.
8 He was going down the street near her corner,
walking along in the direction of her house
9 at twilight, as the day was fading,
as the dark of night set in.
Have you ever watched someone who was about to get into SO much trouble? Like not looking both ways before crossing the street? Maybe talking smack about their boss, only to realize said boss is right behind them? I’m sure there are plenty of other examples in life, but the result is the same. Someone watched a foolish person be foolish and then suffer the consequences. Solomon uses the imagery of looking out into the street and seeing a young man walk in a dark, bad place in of the city. A place where you typically only go if you intend on doing something foolish.
There is quite more to this passage than this. Again, Solomon warns against seductions. However we are responsible for the situations we put ourselves into. What tempts you? I mean it. Message me or comment below. Do you like giving into temptation? I have good news, You don’t have to.
When I picture this scenario playing out, I think of Knockturn Alley from the Harry Potter books and movies. A seedy place where you only go there if you want to deal in dark, bad stuff. Harry only lands there on accident.
The First step to not giving into temptation is not finding yourself in a place where you are more easily tempted. Turn off the late night TV. Don’t search the web without a filter. If it’s substance abuse issues, steer clear of that aisle of the store or that dark alley way in your town.
The wise know their weaknesses and don’t put themselves in a position to be exploited by them.