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August 9 2013

Here we are, back to the text of Proverbs. I hope you’ve kept reading even though we haven’t looked at the last couple of chapters in the blog.

 

The focus in chapter 9 is the invitation of Wisdom. I think there is some value here in realizing that wisdom is a choice—no one will force you gather wisdom. You can go through life foolish and suffer the consequences. So you can choose.

 

Focal verses:

 

Proverbs 9:8 reflects a truth that all you need is a blog comment stream to prove as absolutely true. Some people cannot be corrected, no matter what the situation. And in turn, they vent all the frustration back at you for correcting them. Others will take in correction and see how it applies.

 

Proverbs 9:18 gives the outcome of rejecting wisdom’s invitation. That outcome is death.

 

It’s hard for many of us in pluralistic societies to accept the truth as presented in Proverbs. We are not fond of the idea that there are really only two choices: wisdom with life or folly with death.

 

This is, however, the reality of the world. Just as most choices are truly about dichotomy, so is the pattern of life. We choose: up or down, right or left, wisdom or folly.

 

The outcome is clear, pending what we choose to embrace.

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