What Fools Despise

Proverbs 2:6 One of God’s attributes is wisdom, and the goal of Proverbs is to instill wisdom in his people for everyday living. God alone is wise; he has “wisdom,” “understanding,” and “knowledge,” and he built the principles of wisdom into his creation (3:19–20; cf. ch. 8). Fundamental to all that Proverbs says about wisdom is this truth: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (1:7). Salvation in the OT involves restoring fallen human beings to proper functioning in the roles for which they were created: their relationships to God, other humans, and creation. Proverbs is filled with wisdom for the performance of our roles in these three relationships, and God himself is its source: “The LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (2:6). Wisdom is personified as a woman who freely offers herself to God’s covenant people (1:20). Out of his infinite store the Lord gives wisdom to his people when they “seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures” (2:4, 10). In fact, this wisdom from God begins in the heart: “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (4:23). God’s wisdom guides his people’s priorities and choices, and Proverbs is chock-full of wisdom for daily life. It touches upon such topics as trusting God, marriage, raising children, avoiding bad companions, sexual purity, speech, generosity, diligence, concern for the poor, friendship, contentment, and much more. God saves us freely by his grace through faith; he offers us great skill in the art of daily living by the wisdom found in books such as Proverbs and James. Theology for Life—God’s warning to his people still stands: “Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you” (9:8). May God give us grace to be open to his wisdom and correction

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