Pathways Through Proverbs
September 9, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 9
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Following Scripture Verses
- Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
- She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
- She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
- Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
- Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
- Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
- He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
- Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
- Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
- The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
- For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
- If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
- A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
- For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
- To call passengers who go right on their ways:
- Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
- Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
- But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
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Last month we looked at the first half of this verse and saw that the foolish women is clamorous. Though it may seem redundant, it is also important for us to notice the second half of the verse as well. The foolish woman is simple, and she knows nothing.
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Whether we are talking about a woman or a man, we must always remember that, according to the Word of God, if he or she is foolish, then he or she doesn't know anything. Men often make the mistake of going to those who have been called a fool by God for information and advice. Sometimes they justify this by claiming that they are not seeking to find out what the Bible says, but they just want to get someone else's opinion. Here is the principle: any opinion that is not based upon spiritual wisdom is of no real value. This is not to say that the fool knows nothing about mathematics, carpentry, or politics. It does mean that any advice that he gives can not be spiritually based, and thus will not be Holy Spirit directed.
Unfortunately, many Christians go to unsaved or carnal sources for opinions. They will listen to an unsaved talk radio host to determine how they should vote. Please understand that the radio personality may know something about what is happening in the world of politics, but his opinions will not be rooted in Biblical truth. They will go to unsaved counselors or ask their backslidden friends for suggestions on how to handle a problem without stopping to realize that these people can not possibly know the mind of God.
Always remember that fools don't know anything. It may save you from making bad decisions down the road.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery