Proverb for the Day 8:6-7 — Listening For The Good Stuff!

Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.

This whole chapter is a message from Wisdom (personified in the feminine :1-3). In these two verses she tells us that what she has to say offers real value.

Most of us don’t really like anyone telling us to “listen,” but that’s exactly what Wisdom says here. My unwillingness to do so suggests that nothing will probably change in my life.

Then Wisdom indicates that hers is a message of “trustworthy things to say.” She will “speak what is right”…”what is true”… and that her “lips detest wickedness.”

Wisdom will talk to us honestly (“trustworthy”), saying “what is true”- like a really good friend would. Admittedly, I might not appreciate what I hear, but it will be for my own good…and, the fact is, I probably already know it’s true!

What Wisdom offers will also be “right,” correct information. We can and should build our lives, careers and reputations on it.

And these verses end with Wisdom pointing out that she won’t lead us astray. She has no toleration for what is inappropriate (“my lips detest evil”).

Our working definition for Wisdom is “seeing life from God’s point of view” and most of us would agree, at least in principle, that the ability to do so would be a game-changer!

Actually this message sounds so good that I’d be a moron to not pay attention!