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Proverbs 1:33

Proverbs 1:33 "But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil."

The final verse of Solomon’s first chapter of proverbs concludes a fourteen-verse literary masterpiece on the virtue of wisdom.Solomon’s personification of wisdom gave his readers an unforgettable image of the principal virtue of his book.It gives us a mental picture of how Wisdom paints life with her and how she portrays life without her.Through these verses, we learn that she stands ready and willing to help mankind escape the dangers of ignorance and foolishness.We also learn that she will be hard to get if we reject her early in life.Wisdom is not something we can assume will be there when we need it.It is something that we must get before we find ourselves in a situation where we need it.Far too many erroneously view wisdom like prescription medication – something that can simply be ordered when needed. Wisdom is more like the discipline necessary for a healthy lifestyl…

Proverbs 1:32

Proverbs 1:32 "For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them."

As she nears the end of her speech, Wisdom does not shy away from that which has puzzled the righteous since the days of Job.  Wisdom declares the destruction of the simple and the foolish as well as identifies the cause of their demise.  For the simple, it is their “turning away” or their intentional ignorance of wisdom.  For the fools, it is their prosperity.  Wisdom does not avoid acknowledging the reality that fools can and do prosper in this life. 
The fact that fools experience prosperity often confounds the righteous.  The righteous Job asked the question, “Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?” (21:9).  The prophet Jeremiah asked, “Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper?” (12:1).  Asaph struggled with the prosperity of the foolish as evidenced by his words in Psalm 73 when he said, “my feet were almost gone; my steps h…

Proverbs 1:31

Proverbs 1:31 "Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices."

In his letter to the Galatian believers, Paul said, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”Here in Solomon’s letter to his son, wisdom is saying a very similar thing.Without wisdom, a man will continue to eat the fruit of his own ways.Without wisdom, a man will know no other fruit than the fruit of his own ways.Without wisdom, a man will never taste the sweet juice of virtue’s fruit because contrary to the popular belief of our society, virtue does not come from within.Virtue comes from without and more specifically, from above.

In plain words, you’ll be stuck with only your vices if you reject wisdom’s virtue.The consequence of rejecting wisdom is not just missing out on its enlightenment; it is being stuck with your own foolishness. The ultimate consequence for the simple is being permanently ignorant.The ultimate c…