June 28, 2020, Proverbs 9 – Post 2 – ISSL Reflections

You can find this week’s reading at – 
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs%209&version=NRSV

And a parallel of three translations at – 
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs%209&version=NRSV;CEB;MSG

IV.
Consider how The Messages translates part of this passage – 

“Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on?
    Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me!
I’ve prepared a wonderful spread—fresh-baked bread,
    roast lamb, carefully selected wines.
Leave your impoverished confusion and live!
    Walk up the street to a life with meaning.”
(Proverbs 9:4-6)

And how does The Message present the invitation of the other voice? – 

“Steal off with me, I’ll show you a good time!
    No one will ever know—I’ll give you the time of your life.”
But they don’t know about all the skeletons in her closet,
    that all her guests end up in hell.
(Proverbs 9:17-18)

V.
The way the Proverbist presents the choice, it seems an easy decision to make.  And it is for the Proverbist and maybe in retrospect for us also.  But, when we are “simple,” “naive,” and unschooled in the way of Wisdom, tempting voices can sound so sweet, and it is not always easy.

VI.
Where are you on the path to Wisdom’s dining table?
Have you heard Wisdom’s voice? Are you at the doorstep? Through the door? Sitting at the table? Taking in the food, drink, words and thoughts that are offered?

Or, are you torn between knowing which way to go? Can you hear that you are offered “… the time of  your life ….”  And have no idea of the skeletons, and darkness that might wait on that path?

How do you decide today on the small choices that come before you a thousand times a day?

charles
{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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