Proverbs 8:4-6

4 “To you, O people, I call out;

   I raise my voice to all mankind.

5 You who are simple, gain prudence;

   you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.

6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;

   I open my lips to speak what is right.

 

 Wisdom calls out to all mankind. Rich and poor, young and old, cultured and unrefined, she sows her her seed wherever she can – hoping it will take root and grow. She dignifies all with the chance to listen, though she knows many will not. Some are too distracted, others too shallow, still others too busy to accept her gifts. But those who do will bring forth fruit, and her efforts will be justified in them.

 “You who are simple, gain prudence.” The simple, those who are naïve, need only prudence to choose the right paths. They are prone to follow the advice of the world, but things are not as simple as they’ve been told. Worldly success is common, but satisfaction is rare. Prudence reveals destinations, keeping the simple from the paths of regret.  

 “You who are foolish, set your hearts on it.” The simple don’t know, but the foolish don’t care. They’ve had enough of the world’s advice, and have decided they are better off on their own. Their hearts are set on the short term, but this only brings them to trouble. It is wise to doubt the world’s advice, but it is wiser to doubt your doubts. Heed the voice of wisdom and you will avoid the way of sinners and the seat of mockers. They doubt everything but their own opinions; they are immovable, arrogant, and unhappy.

 “Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.” You don’t need to find your own truth, to struggle through life, to become discouraged and cynical. Listen to wisdom, trust her, follow her advice, and you will remain on the path of satisfaction. Receive her words, let them take root and grow in you, and you will be fruitful and blessed. 

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