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The Gifts of Wisdom

 8

Does not wisdom call,

and does not understanding raise her voice?

2

On the heights, beside the way,

at the crossroads she takes her stand;

3

beside the gates in front of the town,

at the entrance of the portals she cries out:

4

“To you, O people, I call,

and my cry is to all that live.

5

O simple ones, learn prudence;

acquire intelligence, you who lack it.

6

Hear, for I will speak noble things,

and from my lips will come what is right;

7

for my mouth will utter truth;

wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

8

All the words of my mouth are righteous;

there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

9

They are all straight to one who understands

and right to those who find knowledge.

10

Take my instruction instead of silver,

and knowledge rather than choice gold;

11

for wisdom is better than jewels,

and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

12

I, wisdom, live with prudence,

and I attain knowledge and discretion.

13

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.

Pride and arrogance and the way of evil

and perverted speech I hate.

14

I have good advice and sound wisdom;

I have insight, I have strength.

15

By me kings reign,

and rulers decree what is just;

16

by me rulers rule,

and nobles, all who govern rightly.

17

I love those who love me,

and those who seek me diligently find me.

18

Riches and honor are with me,

enduring wealth and prosperity.

19

My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,

and my yield than choice silver.

20

I walk in the way of righteousness,

along the paths of justice,

21

endowing with wealth those who love me,

and filling their treasuries.

Wisdom’s Part in Creation

22

The Lord created me at the beginning of his work,

the first of his acts of long ago.

23

Ages ago I was set up,

at the first, before the beginning of the earth.

24

When there were no depths I was brought forth,

when there were no springs abounding with water.

25

Before the mountains had been shaped,

before the hills, I was brought forth—

26

when he had not yet made earth and fields,

or the world’s first bits of soil.

27

When he established the heavens, I was there,

when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,

28

when he made firm the skies above,

when he established the fountains of the deep,

29

when he assigned to the sea its limit,

so that the waters might not transgress his command,

when he marked out the foundations of the earth,

30

then I was beside him, like a master worker;

and I was daily his delight,

rejoicing before him always,

31

rejoicing in his inhabited world

and delighting in the human race.

 

32

“And now, my children, listen to me:

happy are those who keep my ways.

33

Hear instruction and be wise,

and do not neglect it.

34

Happy is the one who listens to me,

watching daily at my gates,

waiting beside my doors.

35

For whoever finds me finds life

and obtains favor from the Lord;

36

but those who miss me injure themselves;

all who hate me love death.”

 


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Verses 1–11

The will of God is made known by the works of creation, and by the consciences of men, but more clearly by Moses and the prophets. The chief difficulty is to get men to attend to instruction. Yet attention to the words of Christ, will guide the most ignorant into saving knowledge of the truth. Where there is an understanding heart, and willingness to receive the truth in love, wisdom is valued above silver and gold.

Verses 12–21

Wisdom, here is Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; it is Christ in the word, and Christ in the heart; not only Christ revealed to us, but Christ revealed in us. All prudence and skill are from the Lord. Through the redemption of Christ's precious blood, the riches of his grace abound in all wisdom and prudence. Man found out many inventions for ruin; God found one for our recovery. He hates pride and arrogance, evil ways and froward conversation; these render men unwilling to hear his humbling, awakening, holy instructions. True religion gives men the best counsel in all difficult cases, and helps to make their way plain. His wisdom makes all truly happy who receive it in the love of Christ Jesus. Seek him early, seek him earnestly, seek him before any thing else. Christ never said, Seek in vain. Those who love Christ, are such as have seen his loveliness, and have had his love shed abroad in their hearts; therefore they are happy. They shall be happy in this world, or in that which is beyond compare better. Wealth gotten by vanity will soon be diminished, but that which is well got, will wear well; and that which is well spent upon works of piety and charity, will be lasting. If they have not riches and honour in this world, they shall have that which is infinitely better. They shall be happy in the grace of God. Christ, by his Spirit, guides believers into all truth, and so leads them in the way of righteousness; and they walk after the Spirit. Also, they shall be happy in the glory of God hereafter. In Wisdom's promises, believers have goods laid up, not for days and years, but for eternity; her fruit therefore is better than gold.

Verses 22–31

The Son of God declares himself to have been engaged in the creation of the world. How able, how fit is the Son of God to be the Saviour of the world, who was the Creator of it! The Son of God was ordained, before the world, to that great work. Does he delight in saving wretched sinners, and shall not we delight in his salvation?

Verses 32–36

Surely we should hearken to Christ's voice with the readiness of children. Let us all be wise, and not refuse such mercy. Blessed are those who hear the Saviour's voice, and wait on him with daily reading, meditation, and prayer. The children of the world find time for vain amusements, without neglecting what they deem the one thing needful. Does it not show contempt of Wisdom's instructions, when people professing godliness, seek excuses for neglecting the means of grace? Christ is Wisdom, and he is Life to all believers; nor can we obtain God's favour, unless we find Christ, and are found in him. Those who offend Christ deceive themselves; sin is a wrong to the soul. Sinners die because they will die, which justifies God when he judges.




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