Friday, January 8, 2010

Proverbs 8 by Doug

Proverbs 8 is similar in style to the previous chapters.  It's not quite the individual sayings that I think of when I think of Proverbs.

 

This is instead Wisdom's invitation.  Chapter 7 saw the warning about the wandering woman, and used adultery as a symbol for foolish behavior. (Adultery, of course, qualifies as foolish behavior.)

 

While I like the daily reading of a chapter of Proverbs, you should still read chapter 8 as a continuation of chapter 7.  Look at the prologue-type opening of chapter 7 where the father is talking about observing  the city streets.  Now, the first thing he sees is Folly and her victim.

 

Chapter 8 is the other woman he sees, and her presence intensifies the tragedy of those that turned to Folly.  It wasn't that there was no alternative.  It wasn't even that the alternative was hard to find or unattractive.  Wisdom was crying out in the streets as well.

 

The warning here is that life's results most often come from the choices we make, not from anything else.  Choose wisdom!

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