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Proverbs 1:20-21

Proverbs 1:20-21 "Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:  She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying..."

In the first seven verses of Solomon’s Proverbs, he referenced wisdom six times as he declared his reason for writing. In the next twelve verses, he exposed and warned against wisdom’s greatest threat in the life of a young person – peer pressure from an evil crowd.After that, Solomon introduced wisdom through a favorite literary tool of the Holy Ghost – personification.Wisdom and Understanding in the Old Testament, Charity in the New Testament, the Spirit of God personifies virtue in the Scriptures.
When Solomon personified wisdom, it is important to note that he did so in feminine terms.This choice of personification should in no way surprise the careful reader of Proverbs 1.While the book is applicable for all readers of all ages and of all genders, the historical context is …

Proverbs 1:19

Proverbs 1:19 "So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof."

This verse completed a ten-verse counseling session on the dangers of joining a greedy gang.  In the first half of this counseling session, Solomon focused on helping his young son identify the enticement of greedy souls.  In the second half, Solomon focused on helping his beloved son understand the danger of greedy souls.  He wanted his son to understand that their enticing pitch was not to be taken lightly; that their invitation to hurt the innocent was not some empty boasting line.
Solomon finished his counsel by shining a bright light on the root problem of these violent souls – greed.  Greedy people are violent people.  Greedy people are hurtful people.  Greedy people are destructive people.  Greedy people are insensitive people.  Greedy people are cold people.  Eventually, greedy people take away the life of the owners of coveted substance.  They do har…