Proverbs – 31 Day Challenge – Day 9

Posted: January 9, 2015 in Proverbs 31 Day Challenge
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Open Bible with PenProverbs 9

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

 

Wisdom versus Foolishness

1Wisdom has built her house;
she has carved out her seven pillars.
She has prepared her meat; she has mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
She has sent out her female servants;
she calls out from the highest points of the city:
“Whoever is inexperienced, enter here!”
To the one who lacks sense, she says,
“Come, eat my bread,
and drink the wine I have mixed.
Leave inexperience behind, and you will live;
pursue the way of understanding.
The one who corrects a mocker
will bring dishonor on himself;
the one who rebukes a wicked man will get hurt.[a]
Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you;
rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man, and he will learn more.

10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For by Wisdom your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, you are wise for your own benefit;
if you mock, you alone will bear the consequences.”
13 The woman Folly is rowdy;
she is gullible and knows nothing.
14 She sits by the doorway of her house,
on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 calling to those who pass by,
who go straight ahead on their paths:
16 “Whoever is inexperienced, enter here!”
To the one who lacks sense, she says,
17 “Stolen water is sweet,
and bread eaten secretly is tasty!”
18 But he doesn’t know that the departed spirits are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 9:7 Lit man his blemish

My Thoughts

 

Another great description of what wisdom – reverential fear of God – can mean for your life. The awesome benefits of following God as opposed to following the world. It’s hard to understand if you’re on the outside looking in – from out there it seems like Christ followers are hardnosed ridged buffoons. People think that following Christ is about following a bunch of rules and regulations and that there is a huge penalty for breaking the rules. NONE of that is true!

If you’re reading this and you do not consider yourself a Christ follower then I ask that you go back and read the first 8 days of this series and perhaps the Gospel of John – They will change your life.

 

Anything pop out from this proverb you want to talk about or anything else on your mind – feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to talk to you about it.

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