Which Party to Go To? – Proverbs 9

Wisdom built her home with seven pillars, prepared the food and wine, and set the table. Now it’s time to invite her guests. 

She [Wisdom] has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city, “Let all who are simple come to my house!”

To those who have no sense she says, “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.”

Proverbs 9:3-6 NIV

 

The following six verses list Wisdom’s benefits, including adding years to our lives and providing comfort in our suffering. These are priceless rewards, but let’s consider the other invitation we’ve received.

Folly is simple minded and undisciplined. She also wants some company. There’s food and drink, and possibly some enticing entertainment, but what she’s offering is stolen goods with deadly consequences.

She [Folly] sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way, “Let all who are simple come to my house!”

To those who have no sense she says, “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!” But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave.”

Proverbs 9:14-18 NIV 

Would you like to join me at the first party?

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Oregon's fertile Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for Pathways—Moments with God since 2016 and posts devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

2 comments

  1. Proverbs 9 – Wisdom vs. Folly: Wisdom Wins!

    Wisdom quietly, consistently and with dignity calls out
    “Let all who are simple come in here!”
    she instructs and promises years to be added to his/her life.

    But “the woman Folly is loud, … undisciplined and w/o knowledge.
    She too calls out,
    “Let all who are simple come in here!”
    but “little do they know… her guests are in the depths of the grave.”

    Hmmm…. Doesn’t seem like a hard choice to me!

    by Marie Whittaker

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