Four – Meditations in Proverbs

July 1, 2018

Four 1:20-23

(20) “Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: (21) She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, (22) How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? (23) Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.”

In verses 20-22 we see that we have unrestricted access to a world of wisdom. We are without excuse for lacking wisdom. We can and should learn from the success and failures of those around us. If one was abandoned on an island, being a young child, it might be that he or she wouldn’t have the opportunity of learning from others.

Verse 21 seems to be saying, “Everywhere you go you are presented with opportunities of gathering wisdom. In spite of our unlimited access to wisdom, there are still many who lack wisdom. They make foolish choices and hurt themselves and others by what they do. There is no excuse for it. Verse 22 calls them simple ones. Many are so simple that they can’t even learn truths that even a child can understand.

Verse 22 says that scorners delight in scorning. To scorn is to have someone in derision. It is to sit in judgment on others.

Fools hate knowledge. They have no desire to acquire knowledge. Perhaps they think they have all the knowledge they need. We all need to keep learning and acquiring more knowledge. We can’t have wisdom without knowledge.

In verse 23 God promises to do his work in those who are his. They, of course, have to be surrendered to God. His work enables them to acquire wisdom and knowledge. That doesn’t give Christians license to feel superior to others. That would leave them guilty of being scorners. Verses 20-22 speak of wisdom that is available to all. Wisdom is personified in verse 20. It says “she lifteth up her voice in the streets.”

There is an even greater measure of wisdom available to those who are saved and surrendered to God. They are the ones who read the Bible. The Bible is full of wisdom. The book of Proverbs is an ideal place to start if you truly want wisdom. It comes by reading. Knowledge and wisdom also come by way of the Spirit that indwells every believer. In Ezekiel 36 and verses 25 and 27, God promises to make his Spirit available to them. “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”

God speaks to genuine Christians by means of their conscience. He convicts them when they are doing things that aren’t pleasing to him. I believe that the last phrase in v. 23, “I will make known my words unto you,” is a promise that God will help us rightly interpret his Word. God’s Word has little meaning to the unsaved, but the saved have a much better grasp of its meaning.


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