Proverbs 8:6-7

Hear, for I will speak noble things,

    and from my lips will come what is right,

for my mouth will utter truth;

    wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

Proverbs 8:6-7 ESV

Notice the things that wisdom speaks: 1) Noble things, 2) what is right, and 3) truth. Here, the author uses three synonyms to convey the idea that wisdom speaks truth. Want to know the truth? Find wisdom. Notice also what is not coming from wisdom’s lips: “wickedness is an abomination to my lips.”

We might summarize these verses as “Guard your mouth; be careful what you say (or don’t say).” While it is important to do that, we must remember that what comes out of our mouths (or doesn’t come out) is a reflection of our hearts. If I have trouble with my mouth, the problem is not with my mouth. It is my heart. The same is true for you.

Lord, please help the words of my mouth reflect the work that you are doing in my heart.

Proverbs 8:5

O simple ones, learn prudence;

    O fools, learn sense.

Proverbs 8:5 ESV

This verse gives a sense of pleading for those who lack wisdom to get it. Wisdom is available for the asking, which reveals that gaining wisdom is a heart matter. There is no lack of supply or availability, only a lack of receptivity. Thus, wisdom pleads for the simple and foolish to taste and see.

Are you among those who resist wisdom? If so, why? If not, what draws your heart toward wisdom?

Proverbs 8:4

“To you, O men, I call,

    and my cry is to the children of man.”

Proverbs 4:8 ESV

I suppose that every one of us, at one time or another, struggles with pride. In this case, I think there is a tendency to say, “This isn’t for me. It’s for those people.” And by those people we mean anyone who is not us. As I think through this scenario, I keep hearing the tough guy question: “You talkin’ to me?” Wisdom’s polite reply is, “Yes, I’m talkin’ to you.”

Wisdom cries out “to the children of man,” which covers everyone … the tough guy, the nerd, the wise person, and the fool. If you are not interested in wisdom at all, you need this. If you are interested in wisdom, but think you don’t need more at this time, you are not as wise as you think.

“Listen to advice and accept instruction,

    that you may gain wisdom in the future.”

Proverbs 19:20 ESV

Wisdom is calling. How are you (yes, you!) responding.

Does not wisdom call?

“Does not wisdom call?

    Does not understanding raise her voice?

On the heights beside the way,

    at the crossroads she takes her stand;

beside the gates in front of the town,

    at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:

“To you, O men, I call,

    and my cry is to the children of man.”

Proverbs 8:1-4 ESV

In this passage we see that wisdom is not as elusive as we might sometimes think … or suggest. Notice that wisdom is not something you need to trek to the Himalayas to find. Wisdom hangs out in the open, at the crossroads and the city gate (8:2-3). We walk past wisdom not because she is tucked away out of sight, but because we want to walk past her. How can I say that? Notice that wisdom cries out to us (8:1, 4), as if to say, “Hey, look over here! Here I am!”

Lord, please give us ears to hear wisdom, eyes to see wisdom, and hearts that desire to gain wisdom.

Proverbs 8:8

“All the words of my mouth are righteous;

  there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.”

Proverbs 8:8 ESV

Wisdom has offered a challenge. Will you accept the challenge to not only speak righteous words, but also not speak twisted or crooked things? The Apostle Paul speaks to this issue in the New Testament.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

Ephesians 4:29 ESV
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