PROVERBS CHAPTER 8
The Discourse of Wisdom
1 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates leading into the city,
at the entrances, she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O men, I call out;
I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, gain understanding.
6 Listen, for I have worthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right;
they are faultless to those who have knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have understanding and power.
15 By me kings reign
and rulers make laws that are just;
16 by me princes govern,
and all nobles who rule on earth.
17 I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;
what I yield surpasses choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing wealth on those who love me
and making their treasuries full.
The Eternity of Wisdom
22 “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works,
before his deeds of old;
23 I was appointed from eternity,
from the beginning, before the world began.
24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth,
when there were no springs abounding with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place,
before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the earth or its fields
or any of the dust of the world.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary
so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30 Then I was the craftsman at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in mankind.
The Blessings of Wisdom
32 “Now then, my sons, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not ignore it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For whoever finds me finds life
and receives favor from the LORD.
36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself;
all who hate me love death.”
A girl in love asked her boyfriend:
“Tell me, who do you love most in this world?”
“You, of course!”
“In your heart, what am I to you?”
The boy thought for a moment and looked intently in her eyes and said,
“You are my rib. In the Bible, it was said that God saw that Adam was
lonely. During his sleep, God took one of Adam’s rib and created Eve.
Every man has been searching for his missing rib. Only when you find
the woman of your life will you no longer feel the lingering ache in
After their wedding, the couple had a sweet and happy
life for a while. However, the youthful couple began to
drift apart due to the busy schedule of life and the
never-ending worries of daily problems. Their life became
mundane. All the challenges posed by the harsh realities
of life began to gnaw away at their dreams and love for
The couple began to have more quarrels, and each quarrel
became more heated.
One day, after a quarrel, the girl ran out of the house.
At the opposite side of the road, she shouted, “You don’t love me!”
The boy hated her childishness, and out of impulse retorted,
“Maybe it was a mistake for us to be together!
You were never my missing rib!”
Suddenly, she turned quiet and stood there for a long while.
He regretted what he said, but words spoken are like thrown
away water — you can never take them back. With tears, she
went home to pack her things and was determined on
breaking up. Before she left the house, the girl said,
“If I’m really not your missing rib, then please let me go.”
She continued, “It is less painful this way. Let us go on
our separate ways and search for our own partners.”
Five years went by. He never remarried but he had tried
to find out about her life indirectly. She had left the country
and came back. She had married a foreigner and divorced.
He felt anguished that she never waited for him. In the dark
and lonely night, he lit his cigarette and felt the lingering
ache in his heart. He couldn’t bring himself to admit that
he was missing her.
One day they finally met — at the airport — a place where
there were many reunions and good-byes. He was going
away on a business trip. She was standing there alone,
with just the security door separating them. She smiled
at him gently.
(b): “How are you?”
(g): “I’m fine. How about you. Have you
found your missing rib?”
(g): “I’ll be flying to New York on the next flight.”
(b): “I’ll be back in 2 weeks time.”
(g): “Give me a call when you get back. You know my number.
Nothing has changed.”
With a smile, she turned around and waved good-bye.
One week later, he heard of her death. She had perished in
New York — in the event that shocked the world.
Midnight. Once again, he lit his cigarette. And like before,
he felt the lingering ache in his heart. He finally knew that
she was the missing rib that he had so carelessly broken.
Take away LOVE and our earth is a tomb.
– Robert Browning
Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the
hour of separation.
– Kahlil Gibran
Breaking up is just like having the worst nightmare after
having the best dream.
Sometimes people say things out of moments of fury.
Most often than not, the outcome could be disastrous and
detrimental. We vent our frustrations 99% at our loved ones.
And even though we know that we ought to “think twice and
act wisely,” it’s often easier said than done.
Things happen each day, many of which are beyond our
control. Let us treasure every moment and everyone in
our lives. Tomorrow may never come. Give and accept
what you have today.
“Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains.”
– Emilie Cady
High in the mountains was a monastery that had once been
known throughout the world.
Its monks were pious, its students were enthusiastic.
The chants from the monastery’s chapel deeply touched
the hearts of people who came there to pray and meditate.
But, something had changed.
Fewer and fewer young men came to study there;
fewer and fewer people came for spiritual nourishment.
The monks who remained became disheartened and sad.
Deeply worried, the abbot of the monastery went off in search of an answer.
Why had his monastery fallen on such hard times?
The abbot came to a guru, and he asked the master,
“Is it because of some sin of ours that the monastery is no longer full of vitality?”
“Yes,” replied the master, “it is the sin of ignorance.”
“The sin of ignorance?” questioned the abbot.
“Of what are we ignorant?”
The guru looked at the abbot for a long, long time, and then he said,
“One of you is the messiah in disguise.
But, you are all ignorant of this.”
Then, the guru closed his eyes, and he was silent.
“The messiah?” thought the abbot. “
The messiah is one of us?
Who could it be?
Could it be Brother Cook?
Could it be Brother Treasurer?
Could it be Brother Bell-Ringer?
Could it be Brother Vegetable Grower?
“Which one? Which one?
Every one of us has faults, failings, human defects.
Isn’t the messiah supposed to be perfect?
But, then, perhaps these faults and failings are part of his disguise.
Which one? Which one?”
When the abbot returned to the monastery, he gathered all the monks
together and told them what the guru had said.
“One of us?
But, the master had spoken, and the master was never wrong.
“One of us?
But, it must be so.
Which one? Which one?
That brother over there?
That one? That one?”
Whichever one of the monks was the messiah,
he was, surely, in disguise.
Not knowing who amongst them was the messiah,
all the monks began treating each other with new respect.
“You never know,” they thought, “ he might be the one,
so I had better deal with him kindly.”
It was not long before the monastery was filled with new found joy.
Soon, new students came to learn, and people came
from far and wide to be inspired
by the chants of the kind, smiling monks.
For once again, the monastery was filled with the spirit of love.
Moral : The world would be a beautiful and much better
place if all of humanity would treat each other kindly and
respectfully without hypocrisy and giving of each other with
the spirit of love without any judgment.