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"Verse of the Day"
Bible Verse(s)

October 1-5, 2022
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Wisdom's Warning to Foolish People

In the following verses, Wisdom (personified, or acting like a person) is speaking to "simple" people, "scorners," and "fools":

Proverbs 1:20-21: "Wisdom crieth
[cries] without [outside, in public]; she uttereth [utters] her voice [or speaks] in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse [a large open area], [and] in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying [to three kinds of fools],"

Proverbs 1:22-23: "How long, ye simple ones
[referring to willfully (deliberately) ignorant, inexperienced people], will ye [you] love simplicity? and [how long will] the scorners [scoffers] delight [take pleasure] in their scorning [mocking (making fun of) everything that is good], and [how long will] fools hate knowledge? Turn you at [turn toward, heed] my reproof [criticism or correction] [i.e., repent and obey] [and]: behold, I [Wisdom] will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you."

Proverbs 1:24-25: "Because I
[Wisdom] have called, and ye [i.e., the simple ones, scorners, and hard-hearted fools mentioned above] refused [to listen]; I have stretched out my hand [offered to help], and no man [or woman or child] regarded [paid attention]; But ye have set at nought [you have ignored, disregarded] all my counsel [advice], and would [have] none of my reproof [criticism or correction]:"

Proverbs 1:26-27: "
[so] I [God's wisdom, not God himself] also will laugh [a sad kind of laughter] at your calamity [great misfortune or disaster]; I will mock [make fun of you] when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh [comes] as desolation [destruction], and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind [suddenly, like a tornado or hurricane]; when distress [extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain] and anguish [mental or physical pain or suffering] cometh upon you."

Proverbs 1:28-29: "Then
[when fear, destruction, distress, and anguish come upon the people who rejected Wisdom's call] shall they [the simple ones, scorners, and hard-hearted fools] call upon me [Wisdom], but I will not answer; they shall seek [search for] me early [earnestly, eagerly], but they shall not find me: For that [or 'that's because'] they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:"

Proverbs 1:30-32: "They
[the foolish people mentioned above] would [have] none of my [Wisdom's] counsel [advice]: they despised [hated, rejected] all my reproof [criticism or correction]. Therefore shall they eat of the [bad, or rotten,] fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices [plans] [in other words, they will 'reap what they sow' (i.e., suffer the consequences of their foolish behavior, or the results of their bad decisions and actions)]. For the turning away of the simple [from wisdom] shall slay [kill] them, and the prosperity [carefree lifestyle] of fools shall destroy them."

Proverbs 1:33: "But whoso
[whoever] hearkeneth [hearkens] unto [or 'listens to'] me [Wisdom] shall dwell safely [or live in safety], and shall be quiet from fear of evil."

A good illustration of these verses is people who live in flood zones and then ignore weather warnings and stay in their homes to "ride out a storm." A few days ago (on September 28, 2022) in the United States, there was a monster (Category 4) hurricane that blew through the state of Florida with tremendous force. The high wind speed (about 150 miles per hour), strong storm surges, and resulting flooding caused widespread damage and destruction. Millions of people lost their homes and possessions and many even lost their lives because they refused to evacuate (leave) when they had the time and opportunity to do so.

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If you regularly visit the "Verse of the Day" and "Previous Verses" sections of my website, you are probably aware that Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church has written excellent, in-depth commentaries for almost every verse in the book of Proverbs.

Since this passage on wisdom is so long, I have arranged the verses on this page in groups that generally correspond to Pastor Delany's commentaries (which were probably taken from sermons that he delivered, in person, to his congregation). If you want to read any or all of these commentaries, here are the links:

-- Verses 20-23:

-- Verses 24-27: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-1-index/proverbs-1_24-27/

-- Verses 28-29: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-1-index/proverbs-1_28-30/

-- Verses 30-32: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-1-index/proverbs-1_30-32/

-- Verse 33: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-1-index/proverbs-1_33/

In the above commentaries, as he usually does, Pastor Delany gives many terrific examples to illustrate the subject of each verse. Here is an excerpt from Section A in the commentary on Proverbs 1:30-32, which discusses the meaning of the phrase fruit of their own way and says this about rotten fruit:

"5. Now, they
[the fools] will be forced to eat their own fruit… the results of following their own way.

"a. But there are some purely natural consequences of rejecting wisdom. There are consequences of following our own ways!

"b. There are some ways that seem right to a man--but it results in death!

"c. Some young fools have been warned about drinking and driving--but they rejected it. They chose to do their own thing… their own way… and it often results in death!

"d. Other young fools have been warned about taking drugs… but they rejected wisdom and chose to go their own way. For many, that way spirals downward in disease, destruction, and death!

"e. Some other fools have been warned about being married to their job… but they reject the warnings, and end up losing their family over it!

"f. Some fools reject counsel and refuse to forgive a brother
[or other relative, friend, etc.] that has wronged them. Bitterness festers [keeps growing worse] in their hearts… they become hardened… and eventually, they become a castaway spiritually.

"g. Some fools reject the wisdom of their parents and pay no attention in school. They become lifelong, professional hamburger flippers
[referring to people who have low-paying jobs].

"h. Some fools are warned about smoking. They reject the wise counsel and end up with lung cancer.

"i. Some foolish parents are warned NOT to allow their daughters to wear skimpy
[short and revealing] clothing, but they refuse, because it is 'stylish.' They regret it later when their daughter comes home pregnant at [the age of] 15!

"j. Some fools
[in this case, referring to Christians] are warned not to marry an unbeliever [a non-Christian] or a carnal [worldly, pleasure-seeking] believer [Christian]. They reject the counsel, and pay a price for it the rest of their lives."

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Warning: Don't be like the foolish people in the above verses who ignored Wisdom's call until it was too late. If you want to go to heaven when you die, you need to be born again, or saved--preferably right now. Please don't procrastinate, as you may not get a second chance.

This is how to be saved God's way:
If you believe that Jesus (God's Son) died on the cross to pay for your sins and that he was buried and rose again, all you need to do is ask him (through prayer, either silently or out loud,) to come into your heart and save you so you can go to heaven when you die.

Should you want or need more detailed instructions for the plan of salvation, you'll find them in most of the tracts in the "Printable Gospel Tracts" section of my website. Here's a direct link to that page:

In case you're wondering, before adding my comments
in brackets to the above verse(s), I usually refer to Bible
commentaries by Albert Barnes, Matthew Henry, John Gill,
and others (which can be found online) and try to summarize
what they say. For verses from Proverbs, I also refer to the
Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem
Bible Church. Word definitions are taken from online
dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).

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Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:

Proverbs Chapter 3

1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 ¶ Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
11 ¶ My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
13 ¶ Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 ¶ My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
27 ¶ Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
31 ¶ Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.