Proverbs Chapter 8
1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
The Open Bible subtitle for Chapter 8 is: Wisdom is everlasting. Although that's true I think I'd call this chapter, Wisdom crys out! It seems that wisdom is pleading with us; wanting so much for us to be a part of her. To "dwell" with her for "all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it." (verse 11b) We have to remember that wisdom is what Solomon asked for when the Lord "God said ask what I should give thee". (I Kings chapter 3 verse 5b) Solomon asked for an understanding heart to judge the people and discernment between good and bad. We will see how understanding and judgement are two of the pillars in the house where wisdom dwells. I'm getting ahead of myself because the house that wisdom built is in the next chapter. If you read that section in I Kings you will see how pleased the Lord was with his request and gave him ALL that he ever could have asked for.
Wisdom goes on to explain how she was "brought forth" to be with God in the beginning, throughout the preparation of the earth and the heavens wisdom was there. (vs 27) Again she cries at the end of the proverb "...harken unto me" for blessed are those who keep wisdom's ways. Blessed is the man or woman that hears and watches and waits at wisdom's door posts. The promise in verse 35 needs to be read out loud... Let's do it, "For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord". Do you know what Solomon got when he asked for wisdom? He obtained the favor of the Lord.
See you tomorrow, Pastor Herb