Wisdom cries out in the street;
in the squares she raises her voice.
At the busiest corner she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?
Give heed to my reproof;
I will pour out my thoughts to you;
I will make my words known to you.
Because I have called and you refused,
have stretched out my hand and no one heeded,
and because you have ignored all my counsel
and would have none of my reproof,
I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when panic strikes you,
when panic strikes you like a storm,
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you.
Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
they will seek me diligently, but will not find me.
Because they hated knowledge
and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
would have none of my counsel,
and despised all my reproof,
therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way
and be sated with their own devices.
For waywardness kills the simple,
and the complacency of fools destroys them;
but those who listen to me will be secure
and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.”
Food For Thought:
In this passage, Scripture Wisdom is personified. When I think of wisdom, I think of my elders. I think of how much they have experienced and how much they have to teach the younger generations of us. I think about my grandparents and what they have taught me about being persons of faith. I think about my parents and how they sought to teach me the importance of being honest and being kind. For those of us that are growing up in the faith (which should be all of us) it is important to have elder models for the way in which we live our lives faithful to God’s call upon our life. These people shape us in ways that we cannot even imagine. It is also important that we raise the generation behind us and guide them along their spiritual path. Think of the special people in your life that are elders in the faith. Think of the ways you could be a spiritual elder to the next generation.
heal our lives,
that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds
and offer you thanks from generation to generation
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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