Time to decide — Proverbs Part XVIII
Time to decide
This is the continuation of our series of messages. Have you ever been - and I don't know if we should do a show of hands but - have you ever been invited to two parties at the same time, the same day? Have you ever been invited to two different parties, a dinner or banquet or what ever it is, the same day at the same time? I have. Have you - I mean if you have never been in that situation don't worry about it, it's not a matter over life or death but it is one of those situations where you have to make a decision what party you are going to go to, or maybe you send your husband to one and you go to the other one. I don't know how you do it but you have to make a decision at that time.
I remember, when I was preparing this message it came so vividly in my mind and believe me I'm a sinner, OK - but don't crucify me, not yet. Don't throw tomatoes at me but I remember when I was a teenager. This was before my time of knowing . There was a time at which I had more than one girlfriend. I don't recommend this, don't do this at home. You see I was young and I had hair at one time, so I remember that one time I had a girlfriend at school and I met somebody else somewhere and I was really playing the game with two girls.
I get invited by each one of them to a party the same day the same hour. So what do you do in that situation? Those of you who are very spiritual you go to one and lie to the other one, so I did that, I did that. I said OK, I'm gonna go with this person to this party and then I excuse myself with the other one. I don't remember the lie, God forgave it's gone, so don't try to investigate it, it's way, way, way back. Yeah I'm a player, I was a player, ah not anymore.
Proverbs 9 Modern English Version (MEV)
The Way of Wisdom
9 Wisdom has built her house,
she has hewn out her seven pillars;
2 she has killed her beasts, she has mixed her wine,
she has also furnished her table.
3 She has sent out her maidens,
she cries out from the highest places of the city,
4 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here.”
As for him who wants understanding, she says to him,
5 “Come, eat of my bread,
and drink of the wine which I have mixed.
6 Forsake foolishness and live,
and go in the way of understanding.”
7 He who reproves a scorner gets shame for himself,
and he who rebukes a wicked man gets hurt.
8 Do not reprove a scorner, lest he hate you;
rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser;
teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For by me your days will be multiplied,
and the years of your life will be increased.
12 If you are wise, you will be wise for yourself,
but if you scorn, you alone will bear it.
The Way of Foolishness
13 A foolish woman is clamorous;
she is simple, and knows nothing.
14 For she sits at the door of her house,
on a seat in the high places of the city,
15 to call those who pass by
who go right on their way:
16 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here.”
And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
17 “Stolen waters are sweet,
and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18 But he does not know that the dead are there,
and that her guests are in the depths of the grave.
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