Proverbs 7

For the next several days I’ll be leading a daily reading of Proverbs. It is a book in the Bible which offers both practical wisdom and eternal perspectives. Join with me each day in reading a chapter. I will offer a reflection on one verse or topic from each chapter.

Proverbs 7

Who is your best friend? Who is your sister or brother? Sometimes those who are close to us keep us from trouble. Sometimes those who are close to us lead us right into trouble.

Part of the secret to being wise, Proverbs tells us, is that we need to be constantly surrounded by reliable friends, brothers, and sisters.

Wisdom, in the tradition of our faith, has often been spoken of personally (not an ‘it’ but a ‘she’). It’s almost like we can have a relationship with wisdom and ‘she’ will keep our paths straight. I like the imagery of a relationship. Wisdom as an ‘it’ is something we can ‘grasp’, ‘attain’, even ‘master’. Wisdom as a ‘she’ or ‘he’ is someONE we need to commit to, listen to, honor, and cherish. We give…   and we receive. We live…   and we love.

Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
   and to insight, “You are my relative.”
(Proverbs 7:4)