Now therefore, O sons, listen to me,
Proverbs 8:32New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Whenever we see “therefore” it means that what follows is the summary or point of the previous verses. The chapter begins with a call for all to come to wisdom, to seek understanding and to live by it because wisdom holds truth and righteousness. We can trust God’s wisdom because there is no corruption or wickedness in it, His truth is perfect, and it is more valuable than all the wealth of the world. It is through God’s wisdom that we receive counsel, knowledge and the tools necessary for leadership and decision making, and it is powerful. This is the same wisdom with which God created the universe and everything in it, and He uses it still to govern our lives and world. Wisdom is also the Lord’s delight. He rejoices in it and in those who use it. The chapter ends with further admonition to heed the instruction of wisdom. Rather than neglecting wisdom, we need to pursue it and live by it. We need to “camp out” at her door for those who find her find life, but those who despise her and sin not only injure themselves, but love death. Wisdom brings with it a multitude of blessings. Prosperity in every area of life is evident through the use of wisdom, and it brings the joy and peace that result from a life of obedience to God, free of the sorrows of sin and poor decisions. Pursue wisdom and be blessed!