- Proverbs 8:1-5
- Prov 8:1 (KJB)
- Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her
- Cry - Call or proclaim
- Understanding - Insight or skill
- In the previous chapter we saw how adultery is done in secret and as we
enter this chapter, we read about wisdom. Wisdom does not keep itself in
secret. In fact, according to this verse we see that wisdom is proclaimed or
calling to people. When we speak of wisdom, we speak of the wisdom found in
the Scriptures which is the Godly wisdom. The wisdom of the world does not
lead someone into a right relationship with God. The wisdom of the world
does not even lead one into right living, while it may lead to some
morality, it will not lead to the eternal life that Godly wisdom can. With
wisdom comes understanding and that brings to light the truth concerning the
world and its ways and how the ways of God contrasts the ways of the world.
Wisdom and understanding is proclaimed through the effusion of the Gospel.
- Prov 8:2 (KJB)
- She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the
- Wisdom is proclaimed in top of the high places and this is not speaking
of the condemned high places where sacrifices to false gods were done. It
speaks of wisdom being proclaimed in the public places like Christ in the
Sermon on the Mount or Paul who preached in the public places in cities.
Christians today preach in public places like stadiums or churches. Wisdom
is being openly proclaimed in the true gospel. It is also proclaimed in the
places where people live and travel. We proclaim the gospel in this method
by handing out tracts, placing bumper stickers on our car, through radio, or
any method that reaches people where they go from one place to another.
- Prov 8:3 (KJB)
- She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in
at the doors.
- She crieth - Rejoice or shout for joy
- In ancient times, the gate of the city was where the elders of the
cities sat and where the courts of law were located. Here is where the
gospel is proclaimed, to those who come into the city and do business. They
are given the gospel message so if they become saved, they may take it back
to their home towns or home lands. Wisdom does not wait to be sought instead
it proclaims itself to the world and from any means possible. This means
there is no limit to the ways and means of sending forth the gospel around
the world. As we send forth the gospel, wisdom gains a bigger hearing among
- Prov 8:4 (KJB)
- Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
- Here from the vantage point of wisdom himself stating that he calls to
all. He calls to those who are mature in years and also to those who are
young in years. The call does not discriminate, when wisdom is being
proclaimed, all are under the hearing of it. As the gospel goes forth, many
will be called but few will become saved.
(Mat 22:14 KJV) For many are called, but few
- Prov 8:5 (KJB)
- O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an
- Simple - Young, na´ve, or inexperienced
- Fools - Sluggish, dull, or stupid
- Here are two different kind of people. The one group is the simple. They
are the ones who are na´ve or lacking experience in life. This group, if
they attain wisdom will begin their life on the right path, with godly
wisdom. It would prevent them from making errors which could affect them for
the rest of their life. The next group are the fools who lack an
understanding heart and it shows from the decisions that they make. If they
were to gain godly wisdom, they would go from being a fool to being wise.
Wisdom would implant in them a heart of understanding and they would filter
all their moves in life through godly wisdom. In the previous chapter we saw
the fool pursuing the harlot, if he had godly wisdom, he would have totally
avoided that situation.