05 Proverbs 1:20-23 – Wisdom’s Generous Offer

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Proverbs 1:20-23 Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

This portion of Proverbs 1 is a rather beautiful call from Wisdom to all who will hear her and take heed to her instruction. Wisdom offers life, peace, joy, and hope to any who will have it. Wisdom doesn’t hide in some distant cave, but rather stands in the most public places of the city and lifts up her voice so that all can hear her cries. This passage shows us the great heart of God who reveals Himself to all men as Creator, as Wisdom, as God. The texts promotes real urgency, today is the day to take heed to Wisdom’s voice.



The Study of ProverbsShow Notes:

  • This is the first of many cries or calls of wisdom [00:58]
  • Wisdom is personified, given human attributes [01:11]
  • Wisdom personified in Proverbs is a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ [01:52]
  • Wisdom isn’t hidden away in some remote location, only accessible to a few select people [02:59]
  • Wisdom tries to reason with simple ones [03:50]
  • 1 Corinthians 1:24 Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. [04:16]
  • 1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. [04:25]

Significant quote:

“And that is what a fool is, one who hates or despises knowledge.” [04:02]

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