“I will pour out My Spirit unto you.” (Proverbs 01:23)
Solomon had taken up the idea of Wisdom personified making her cries, and her reproof know to all around “her”, even to those who (in verse 20) are “on the street”. Solomon insists that this voice of wisdom “shouts” for all to hear with the implication that it has the sense of insistence and even, to some degree, a demand that those who hear her cry submit themselves to her demand. God, being Who He is, has every right to make what demands He desires to make. We are His children, believers and unbelievers, and MUST subject themselves to that which God desires for them. What is wonderful is that God makes His (wisdom’s) advice known to all.
Wisdom calls aloud outside;
She raises her voice in the open squares.
Wisdom is available to all and all hear and can discern what “she” is saying and communicating to them. This is not to say that anyone and everyone, willy- nilly, saved or unsaved, can fully or completely understand God’s Revelation When the read it. One must have God’s Spirit in order to do any more than take in the words. But the invitation stands and God’s Spirit draws those who hear it and they are responsible to respond rightly and in submission. In the few verse before our selected passage, Solomon is clear that wisdom made her wisdom known even in the most public places.
It is interesting that one of things that she cried out, loudly, is Israel’s responsibility to hear and give themselves to the ongoing call of God:
“How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
For scorners delight in their scorning,
And fools hate knowledge. (v22)
Solomon does this often… He challenges God’s people by reminding them of the foolishness (“How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?”). As we’ve said before; “simple”, in Proverbs especially, reefers to those who are foolish and do not have the capacity to think of thins rightly or clearly. Solomon’s point here, fairly dramatically and even harshly, calling them to think, really think about what is is that they have done. He tells them that, in reality, they have been “scorners” (of God’s truth) that have taken “delight” in their scorning. This is a phrase that, in essence, means that they have followed after their own desires and thinking, even when it directly and terribly, cast aside what they knew to be what God wanted. God’s way is NOT the way to follow, they thought; much rather I should follow my own way! God had made knowledge of the truth available to them, even clear to them as it is declared in the streets. It is interesting that Solomon describes such as “fools” that “hate knowledge”. It is harsh language indeed, but true none the less!
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