Those that seek me early shall find me

Proverbs 8:1-21

In this chapter we hear again the pleadings of heavenly wisdom in the person of the Son of God. Let us not be careless when God himself expostulates with us.

Proverbs 8:4

Everywhere, in his word, in providence, by his ministers, and by his Spirit, the Incarnate Wisdom still calls to men. Especially in this land of Bibles and of Sabbaths, the Lord Jesus is everywhere heard pleading with old and young, gentle and simple, that they would consider and turn unto him.

Proverbs 8:5

Jesus invites the foolish to come to him. How condescending is he in this, for the teachers of old sought wise men for pupils, and few masters now-a-days would invite fools to their schools. Jesus is meek and lowly in heart, he condescends to men of low estate, and is ready to be the teacher of the simple. None need stay away from him because of their ignorance; it should even be a reason for coming to him. But some will enquire, Is his teaching worth hearing? Therefore he says—

Proverbs 8:6, 7

But does he speak the truth? He does, and he adds

Proverbs 8:8, 9

All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.

But can we understand his teaching? Can poor men comprehend him? Can little children receive his teaching? Yes, his words are simplicity itself.

Proverbs 8:10

Soul-saving knowledge is beyond all price.

Proverbs 8:11, 12

Eternal Wisdom found out the witty invention of the Cross. The plan of salvation by a substitute is the very summit of wisdom: let us give diligence to obtain an interest in it.

Proverbs 8:13

And what God hates, we must also hate with all our heart.

Proverbs 8:14-17

This is a portion of meat for the children of our families. Let boys and girls lay hold upon it, and go to Jesus in reliance upon this promise.

Proverbs 8:18, 19

Nothing can be so useful, so valuable, so really good for us as to know Christ and to be found in him.

Proverbs 8:20

In the Via Media, the middle way, which is the path of safety.

Proverbs 8:21

They shall be truly rich in grace, even if their earthly goods be few, and they shall be infinitely rich in the world to come, where there is a kingdom for the very least of them.


If our ways by thee be order’d,

And thy name by us confess’d,

Then thy presence shall go with us,

And thy peace shall give us rest.


If in all the eye be single,

Clean the hands, and pure the breast,

Then thy presence shall go with us,

And thy guidance give us rest.


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