Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6
Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights, beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out:
“To you, O people, I call,
and my cry is to all that live. O simple ones, learn prudence; acquire intelligence, you who lack it.
Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right; for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver.
I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice, endowing with wealth those who love me, and filling their treasuries.
“You that are simple, turn in here!”
To those without sense she says, “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, the theme that emerges is wisdom. God’s wisdom is something that I wish I had more of. To be wise in the ways of God rather than the ways of the world, would set us apart as Christian believers. Biblical wisdom and Godly wisdom can be cultivated through the spiritual practices. Think about a way that you could cultivate God’s love and wisdom.
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan; Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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