1 One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound wisdom. 2 A fool does not delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions. 3 When a wicked person comes, contempt also comes, and along with dishonor, derision. 4 The words of a person’s mouth are deep waters, a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom. 5 It is not good to show partiality to the guilty, denying an innocent person justice. 6 A fool’s lips lead to strife, and his mouth provokes a beating. 7 A fool’s mouth is his devastation, and his lips are a trap for his life. 8 A gossip’s words are like choice food that goes down to one’s innermost being. 9 The one who is lazy in his work is brother to a vandal. 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected. 11 The wealth of the rich is his fortified city; in his imagination it is like a high wall. 12 Before his downfall a person’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. 13 The one who gives an answer before he listens—this is foolishness and disgrace for him. 14 A person’s spirit can endure sickness, but who can survive a broken spirit? 15 The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it. 16 A person’s gift opens doors for him and brings him before the great. 17 The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him. 18 Casting the lot ends quarrels and separates powerful opponents. 19 An offended brother is harder to reach than a fortified city, and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress. 20 From the fruit of a person’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is filled with the product of his lips. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. — Proverbs 8:1-21
The Way of Wisdom
In this passage, Wisdom’s call is contrasted to the call of the adulteress in chapter 7. Wisdom is portrayed as a woman who guides us and makes us succeed. God approves of those who listen and follow wisdom’s counsel. God loves those who love Him, and those who seek Him find Him.
Wisdom detests wickedness. Wisdom should affect every aspect of our life. Wisdom is more valuable than gold or silver or any of our possessions. Wisdom is available to us at all times. Wisdom here is Christ, in whom are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Wisdom is Christ in the Word and Christ in the heart—not only Christ revealed to us, but Christ revealed in us.
The Bible is full of God’s wisdom for us. As I read the verses above, I thought about how well I know the Bible and how often I spend time studying it. As I have matured in my faith, I do spend more time now reading and studying the Bible than earlier in my life. We all need to study has much as possible in order grow in our faith and wisdom. Christ leads the way—all we have to do is follow.
- Do you believe that God’s wisdom is in the Bible?
- How much time do you spend reading and studying the Bible?
- What can you do to create more time with God?
- How do you apply God’s wisdom to your own life?
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