Together with Proverbs 1:7, verse 10 serves as a parenthetical summary of these first nine chapters, as this section of Proverbs ends and ushers in the actual Proverbs of the remaining chapters. But here, the “fear of the Lord,” it expounds, is the beginning of wisdom – these chapters have taught the difference between knowledge and wisdom. And the second part of the verse explains it succinctly – “the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” Here, Lady Wisdom and Lady Folly are each calling out to mankind (even the simple) to come to a banquet they have prepared, the former of which offers a path to insight (verse 6).
Verse 7 states that one who corrects a scoffer will get abuse, and the scoffer will hate those that reprove him. This is because of the condition of the heart. Such people who are hostile to God cannot receive the truth unless they change their heart, and only God can help with that (Romans 8:7-8). Conversely, reprove a wise man and he will love you; and he will be wiser if you instruct him (verses 8-9). A righteous man will increase in learning, with instruction. Perhaps the greatest wisdom of this chapter is in verse 12 “If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it” (Job 22:2). Those who reject the Lord do so at their own peril.
Verses 13-18 contain the final description of the call of Lady Folly. She is loud, seductive, and knows nothing. She implores the same simple ones to come, with the lie that “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” But her guests have been led down the path of destruction with the dead.
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