Proverbs 1: 20-27

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Proverbs 1: 20-27 (ESV) (The Call of Wisdom)

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.

Because I have called and you refused to listen,

have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,

because you have ignored all my counsel

and would have none of my reproof,

I also will laugh at your calamity;

I will mock when terror strikes you,

when terror strikes you like a storm

and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,

when distress and anguish come upon you.

Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;

they will seek me diligently but will not find me.


Christ is the centre of all wisdom and knowledge according to Colossians (Col 2: 2-3). Here the word Wisdom is a feminine word but where we read it in Proverbs you can consider substituting the word Jesus or Christ.The first section above describes the desperation and persistence of Wisdom’s call. She cries aloud; raises her voice; at the end of the street and at the city gates she speaks and cries. She is persistent.

The substance of the call is ‘why you simpleton, you mocker, you fool, why, oh why, won’t you turn to me? Turn and I’ll give you the spirit and word of wisdom!’ What a glorious choice to be offered!

Basically we don’t like the thought of God laughing at and mocking us. We like our freedom to walk as we desire but we fail to acknowledge that bad choices have risks and Wisdom (Jesus) gives us with the choice the relevant consequence – if the call is ignored, take the consequence, like it or not!

Prayer: Even if it takes courage and self-discipline help me to choose aright.

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