Foolishness Exposed: “a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.” (vs. 1), “the heart of the fool [inclines] to the left [evil]” (vs. 2), “fools…lack sense” (vs. 3), “Fools are put in many high positions” (vs. 6), “fools are consumed by their own lips” (vs. 12), “their words are folly;…madness…fools multiply words” (vs. 13-14), “The toil of fools wearies them” (vs. 15).
Wisdom Encouraged: “The heart of the wise inclines to the right [the good]” (vs. 2), “calmness can lay great offenses to rest” (vs.4), foresight is encouraged (vs. 8-10), “Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious” (vs. 12), the morning is not a time for partying and feasting (vs. 16-17), vile criticism is better kept to oneself as it has a way of getting out and traveling to others (vs. 20).
Solomon asked for wisdom and God gave him that gift. Jesus said, “But wisdom is proved right by her deeds” (Matthew 11:19). Jesus was filled with wisdom and grew in wisdom (Luke 2:40, 52). “but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (I Cor. 1:24). Jesus is the wisdom of God.
Let us ask God for wisdom that we may not be foolish but live in faith and be loyal followers of Jesus.