Wisdom's Warning
Proverbs 1:20-23
Wisdom cries without; she utters her voice in the streets:

The Book of Proverbs is a jewel-case well filled with gems. This passage is a delightfully Oriental presentation of the truth of the call of God to the soul of man.


1. By wisdom is meant the beneficent Divine energy.

2. This Divine energy comes into connection with man, and produces a reflection of itself in him.

3. The complete presentation of this Divine wisdom going forth for the enlightenment of men is found in Jesus Christ.

(1)  This call is open.

(2)  The offer made in the call is free.

(3)  All classes of men are touched by this call.

(4)  The call is urgent.


1. Refusal of God's offer is possible, and consequences necessarily follow.

(1)  The acceptance of sin puts man in the attitude of the rejection of God.

(2)  When sinful man wants God's wisdom as a refuge it is no longer available.

(3)  Calamity comes upon those who reject the voice of the wisdom of God.

(4)  The retribution that comes is largely internal.

2. It is possible for men to hear and obey Wisdom's voice. The result to the obedient is given thus.

(1)  Part of it is safety.

(2)  Out of this comes quietude.This lesson has its full application in relation to Wisdom incarnate, even the Lord Jesus Christ. There are diverse consequences for those who answer this voice diversely.

(D. J. Burrell, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

WEB: Wisdom calls aloud in the street. She utters her voice in the public squares.

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