January 01, 20243 – Monday
Proverbs 1:32-33 NET
32 For the waywardness of the simpletons will kill them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them.
33 But the one who listens to me will live in security, and will be at ease from the dread of harm.
Proverbs 1:32-33 ESV
32 For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them;
33 but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.
Proverbs 1:32-33 NKJV
32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.
Proverbs 1:32-33 NIV
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.
Have you read through the book of Proverbs? I think most of us have and then we put it aside unless we need to turn to it for a quote or to help make a point. Sharon (my bride) and I made it a point to go through all 31 chapters, one chapter a day, for six months. We did this while keeping a notebook on what verse ‘jumped’ out at each of through each reading. Often times we were shocked at what we found during the fourth through sixth readings. And that is me again after reading Proverbs 1 on the first day of the new year. The two verses above ‘jumped’ out at me during this reading.
For some context the first verse in this chapter tells us these are The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel. Then we have the wisest man in history telling us the value of wisdom in the next six verses. Next in verses eight through nineteen we receive warnings against evil counsel and obtaining easy-unjust riches. And in verses twenty through thirty-three we read of the call of wisdom, how wisdom calls out to us, as well as the consequences of ignoring the call of wisdom.
Now you may look at the two verses we have for today and wonder how it is that wisdom is calling out to us in them? Good question. Well, they are the consequences of ignoring the call of wisdom. Verses 20-21 tells us how wisdom calls out to us. Verse 22 asks how long we will choose to live without wisdom and hate knowledge? Verse 23 says it is not too late to repent and seek knowledge. Verses 24-25 speaks of our refusal to listen and disregard the advice of wisdom. Then in verses 26-27, we read how wisdom will mock us when all kinds of troubles begin to overwhelm us. I think we see a trend here.
Verses 28-31 speak of how while in trouble, we call upon wisdom, but because we rejected wisdom and did not fear the Lord; they also would not accept wisdom’s advice or rebuke, therefore 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. What is the fruit of their ways and their schemes? That’s when we read the difference between those who did not listen to the call of wisdom and those who did in our two verses for today (NIV), 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm. Note fools always refers to those characterized by moral folly.
Bottom Line: It is always a good idea to listen when wisdom calls and to always fear God, holding Him in awe.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help us to always be aware when wisdom calls so we may listen and keep ourselves safe from calamity. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
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