He Who Has an Ear (Proverbs 1:20-33)

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In Proverbs 1:20-33 Wisdom is personified as a woman who cries out to the foolish who hear the truth but neglect obedience. The cry of wisdom shows the compassion and patience of God for those who are foolish. But that patience is not limitless. This passage serves as a warning not to neglect the pursuit of wisdom. If so, the realization of God’s wisdom may not come until it is too late. 


  1. HEAD: Questions aimed at our minds to help us understand God’s word.

    • Wisdom cries aloud in the streets, the market-place, and at the city gates (v.20-21). What does this tell us about the place of God’s wisdom in the world?

    • Lady Wisdom shows a great urgency and passion as she cries out. What does this tell us about the character of God?

  2. HEART: Questions aimed at our affections to help us love God.

    • Verse 22 mentions the simple; referring to one who has both the capacity and opportunity to grow in godly wisdom, but deliberately chooses not to (ie intentionally ignorant). In what ways do you see/struggle with this in your own life? How does this reveal potential idols in your life?

    • Verse 22 also mentions the scoffer; someone who is defiant and cynical towards God and others (ie. arrogant). In what ways do you see/ struggle with this in your own life? How does this reveal potential idols in your life?

  3. HANDS: Questions aimed at our hands to help us live for God (Personally, Communally, and Missionally).

    • Read the following passages: 1 Corinthians 1:30, Colossians 2:3. How does Lady Wisdom point us to Jesus? What sin or foolishness is Jesus calling you to repent of (turn to Jesus in faith) in this passage?

    • There is a danger in hearing God’s truth but ignoring it or attempting to put off obedience. When was the last time you encountered God’s wisdom and put it into practice in a tangible way? What are some ways you can grow in being a doer, not just a hearer of God’s Word?