Friday, October 23, 2009

Proverbs, chapter 9

What is the difference between wisdom and folly? That is the question that Proverbs 9 tried to answer. It is a short chapter, but it is one that tries to draw a clear distinction between the two. From Solomon's words here, both wisdom and folly call to us. They say that all who are simple should come here. They promise wisdom when we lack judgment, but there is a difference between the two.

11 For through me your days will be many,
       and years will be added to your life.

 12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
       if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer."

 13 The woman Folly is loud;
       she is undisciplined and without knowledge. – Proverbs 9:11-13

To me, the biggest difference between wisdom and folly is their basis. True wisdom is based with God behind it. Folly is more likely based in the thoughts of man. We may think we are smart, but the truth is that mankind has absolutely no idea what it is doing if it turns away from God. That is why Folly is undisciplined and loud. We think we know what is going on. We boast about it. In truth, however, we are lost children. When you are seeking wisdom remember to tests its source. That is how you define between wisdom and folly.


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