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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Proverbs 1:20-33

Proverbs 1:20-33 (NLT)  20 Wisdom shouts in the streets.
She cries out in the public square.
21 She calls to the crowds along the main street,
to those gathered in front of the city gate:
22 “How long, you simpletons,
will you insist on being simpleminded?
How long will you mockers relish your mocking?
How long will you fools hate knowledge?
23 Come and listen to my counsel.
I’ll share my heart with you
and make you wise.
24 “I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come.
I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.
25 You ignored my advice
and rejected the correction I offered.
26 So I will laugh when you are in trouble!
I will mock you when disaster overtakes you—
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone,
and anguish and distress overwhelm you.
28 “When they cry for help, I will not answer.
Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.
29 For they hated knowledge
and chose not to fear the LORD.
30 They rejected my advice
and paid no attention when I corrected them.
31 Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way,
choking on their own schemes.
32 For simpletons turn away from me—to death.
Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.
33 But all who listen to me will live in peace,
untroubled by fear of harm.”

Here the writer begins using a literary technique called a prosopopoeia.

Prosopopoeia - A figure of speech in which an absent or imaginary person is represented as speaking. In classical rhetoric, it's a type of personification or impersonation. A figure of speech in which an imaginary, absent, or deceased person is represented as speaking or acting.
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The writer has created a woman named Wisdom who speaks to the simple, scorners/mockers and fools. She is a character with a voice. She personifies or embodies Wisdom by giving the abstract "wisdom" a body and personhood. It seems the writer hypostatized wisdom.

Hypostatize - to attribute real identity to (a concept)

Is it just a poetic device? Does she personify the mind of God? Is she a hypostasis of Jesus Christ?

"But it is difficult to determine with accuracy to what extent the Messianic import of the personification was present to the consciousness of the sacred writers, and whether Wisdom as here presented to us is simply a poetic and abstract personification or a distinct by-postatizing of the Word." - Pulpit Commentary

"Wisdom is represented as speaking and as addressing the simple, scorners, and fools. The address itself is one of the noblest specimens of sacred eloquence, expressing in rapid succession the strongest phases of feeling - pathetic solicitude with abundant promise, indignant scorn at the rejection of her appeal, the judicial severity of offended majesty upon offenders, and lastly the judicial complacency which delights in mercy towards the obedient. The imagery in part is taken from the forces of nature in their irresistible and overwhelming violence and destructive potency." - Pulpit Commentary

"So, too, many of the Psalms (Psalms 45, for example), in the first instance it would seem, are intended to describe the excellence of some earthly saint or king, yet they are completely fulfilled only in the Son of man, the ideal of all that is noblest and best in man. And thus the description of Wisdom in her manifold activity, as represented in Proverbs 1, 8, 9, so closely corresponds to the work of our Lord, as depicted in the New Testament, that from the earliest times of Christianity these passages have been held to be a prophecy of Him; and there is good reason for such a view. For a comparison of Luke 11:49 ('Therefore also said the wisdom of God, Behold, I send,' etc.) with Matthew 23:34 (where He says, 'Behold, I send') would seem to show that He applied the title to Himself. St. Paul in like manner speaks of Him as the 'Wisdom of God' (1 Corinthians 1:24); says He has been 'made unto us wisdom' (1 Corinthians 1:30); and that in Him 'are hid all the treasures of wisdom' (Colossians 2:3)." - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

We must be careful here because of Proverbs 8. Proverbs 8 and 9 also present the woman Wisdom. Let's look at:

Proverbs 8:22-31 (NIV) 22 “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,
before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
24 When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
when there were no springs overflowing with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place,
before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the world or its fields
or any of the dust of the earth.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary
so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30 Then I was constantly at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in mankind.

Jesus, as part of the Godhead, is NOT a created being. Like the other two, Father and Holy Spirit, He has always existed.  He was present at creation.

John 1:1-5 (NLT) 1 In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.

Colossians 1:15-20 (NLT) 15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

So Lady Wisdom is not Jesus Christ but God's wisdom, of which, Jesus Christ embodied. Jesus is described in the New Testament as God's wisdom incarnate (in body form).

1 Corinthians 1:30 (NIV) And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption

1 Corinthians 1:24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Colossians 2:2-3 (NIV)  2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

1 Corinthians 2:6-8 (CEV)  6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.

Jesus Christ was a man of wisdom, a teacher of wisdom and He lived wisdom while on earth. Jesus taught God's mysterious wisdom to the world while He was here. He used proverbs, parables, beatitudes, analogies... many teaching devices to reach the simple and the poor in spirit.

Luke 2:41-52 (NAS)    41 Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast; 43 and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it, 44 but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day’s journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him. 46 Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. 48 When they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You.” 49 And He said to them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He had made to them. 51 And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
      52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Mark 1:21-28 (NAS)  21 They went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach. 22 They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 saying, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” 26 Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him. 27 They were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” 28 Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere into all the surrounding district of Galilee.

Mark 6:1-2 (NAS) 1 Jesus went out from there and came into His hometown; and His disciples followed Him. 2 When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands?"

Jesus is the wise man of Proverbs. God's wisdom is divine and cannot be attained without becoming a Christian through Jesus Christ. Once we are born-again, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us and reveals godly wisdom to us.

The woman of wisdom invites everyone to listen and learn. God never excludes anyone. They exclude themselves when they ignore His invitations. But all who seek find.

Lady Wisdom makes a promise:

Proverbs 1:23 Come and listen to my counsel.
I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise.

Proverbs 1:33 But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.

If we come to God, seek Him, and listen, we can know the heart of God and learn His wisdom. We are invited but we must come with receptive hearts and open ears.
But if we have no desire for God and His wisdom, resist Him, ignore Him, hate Him, even mock and ridicule God and His wisdom then we find another promise from Lady Wisdom:


Proverbs 1:26-32  26 So I will laugh when you are in trouble!
I will mock you when disaster overtakes you—
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone,
and anguish and distress overwhelm you.
28 “When they cry for help, I will not answer.
Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.
29 For they hated knowledge
and chose not to fear the LORD.
30 They rejected my advice
and paid no attention when I corrected them.
31 Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way,
choking on their own schemes.
32 For simpletons turn away from me—to death.
Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.

  • Trouble
  • Disaster
  • Calamity
  • Anguish
  • Distress
  • Anxiety
  • They must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way
  • Choking on their own schemes
  • Death
  • Destruction

Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked; disaster is upon them! For they will be repaid with what their hands have done.

Jeremiah 6:19 Hear, O earth! I am bringing disaster on this people, the fruit of their own schemes, for they have paid no attention to My word and have rejected My instruction.

Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

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