9 9:4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
This is the message that goes out to all those who are simple. They are invited to a study session, where, for free, they are given all the information they need to be wise.
1 8:32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O you children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
1 9:12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
There is a blessing attached to all those who listen. The blessing comes in this form. If you are wise you get to enjoy the benefits of being wise. If you are a scorner you get to suffer the penalty of being a scorner. No one wants the company of a scorner because they are usually the ones who suffer at their hands. If you think the difference between the two is not worth having, it is the difference between a blessing and a curse.
2 8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
2 9:11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
You are not asked to do something too hard. You need to listen to what wisdom has to say and you will be wise. You then can make the choice . This next proverb is like many that appear, and one student was irritated because it is not a true statement. You do not receive a blessing and your days are not multiplied, and the years of your life increased. This objection is valid while ever you take the view you have a franchise on life to the age of seventy years and then it becomes a bit dodgy.
A hundred years ago you only lived to forty-five, and if you go out on our roads you may only live into your teens. Nobody has a lease on life as if it cannot be taken away. And concerning the blessing, anyone who has experience of it will know about it, but it is real and precious. And I will say to those who are still to reach fifty, not everyone wants to go on too much further than seventy, because dodgy is what it is.
3 8:34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
3 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Can you imagine somebody hanging out to hear what she has to tell them? I can, it makes the best sense in the world. People who get involved cannot wait to hear about the next step. They are riveted to the spot waiting for more of this valuable advice. You know you want to be wise enough to make your way in this complicated world. You know you cannot afford to be without this instruction. And the most valuable part of it is, you get to fear God and this becomes the motive force that will keep you on track. You love to understand the knowledge of the holy.
4 8:35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
4 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
Here are another two blessings. You find life and God becomes your friend and not your enemy. Like everyone else you take life for granted. There is a promise attached that life will is offered to you beyond the span of seventy years and this is worth consideration. I know it involves believing, but this is not hard. You believe in everything around you, all you are asked to do is believe in the one who made it for you. If you say you are already wise then you can only get wiser. If you say you are already a just man, then you will learn more than you know now.
5 9:36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
5 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
If you ignore wisdom you sin against her and wrong your own life. If you hate wisdom you love death, because this is what you get. Here is some helpful advice you can put to use immediately. If you come across a scorner, just ignore him, and do not under any circumstances reprove him. He is waiting for someone to oppose him, and he has a heap of scorn in reserve just for you. If you feel the urge to reprove someone, make sure he is a wise man first, and he will love you for it, and become a close friend.
6 9:1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
6 9:7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
Wisdoms work is finished. The house is built and the seven pillars are set in place, so there is no more work to do except listen and learn. Here is something else you ought to know. If you reprove a scorner you are brought to shame because there is no way to handle them. They are beyond your influence unless you become like them. If you become like them then you take their place. A wicked man will just target you and there will be no end to the struggle. Once again you can deal with them in the way they deal with you, but you become a wicked man.
7 9:2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
7 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
Wisdom has prepared everything and all you need to do is come to the feast. It does involve change in your life because you leave the foolish behind. That is not a loss. You go in the way of understanding and you begin to live.
8 9:3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
8 9:5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
The sound has gone out and you cannot miss hearing it, because they have placed themselves so everyone knows of the invitation. Would you refuse to come to a banquet to which you are personally invited? A banquet that promises to be something valuable to you, with no hidden costs, and no tricks.