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>Proverbs 1:20-33

In Proverbs, Theology on January 9, 2008 by mstevensrev

>20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
in the markets she raises her voice;
21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?
23 If you turn at my reproof,
behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;
I will make my words known to you.
24 Because I have called and you refused to listen,
have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
25 because you have ignored all my counsel
and would have none of my reproof,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when terror strikes you,
27 when terror strikes you like a storm
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you.
28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge
and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
30 would have none of my counsel
and despised all my reproof,
31 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way,
and have their fill of their own devices.
32 For the simple are killed by their turning away,
and the complacency of fools destroys them;
33 but whoever listens to me will dwell secure
and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

Wisdom is personified in the Book of Proverbs, pictured as, a woman. There are two predominate women in this book Lady Wisdom and Lady Folly who we will hear lots about. Both are as you would say, loose, unchaste, or easy. Frankly this book portrays both of them as prostitutes. I guess the author new his audience well, it you want to get the attention of young men you had better include something about sex. Well he does because both of what these women offer are offered in the same manner a prostitute would offer sex.

“Wisdom cries aloud in the street…” She is looking for business. Though this first depiction we have here is telling these young men to get their act together or they are going to miss their chance to be with her. Even worst if they miss their chance she will mock them when the blow it later. This is a warning to not waste any time when it comes to wisdom.

She calls, she asks questions like “How long do you want to continue being simple?” The response of most would be no longer. Therefore she will pour out her spirit among you and make he words known to you. Yet refuse and face he mocking. She won’t be there when it is too late, yo uwill have already gotten yourself into a mess. Listen and dwell secure with ease, wihtout dread or disaster.

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