The 'BARKING OWL' always has something to say, and like the feathered version, can be either WISE...............or ANNOYING!

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Proverbs 31 Project: Commenting January 9th on Proverbs 9:1-3

January 9;  Proverbs 9, Verses 1-3

[Please note: The first two paragraphs below are repeated each day for new readers.  My amateur comments start below the verses from Proverbs.]

Christians looking for a simple way to review the Bible regularly, have long been convenienced by the fact that the book of Proverbs has 31 chapters, the same number as most of our months.  Each chapter includes multiple bite-sized verses (uhm, proverbs) and can be read through simply in one sitting, one appropriately numbered chapter per day through the month.  My simple mind balks at the idea of trying this pattern in any month with less than 31 days  (It just does, all right?), but there are 7 months every year that are suitable for the effort.

My idea here is to reprint about 1/7 of the verses of each day's chapter throughout this year, every time a 31 day month pops up, and offer a few comments from The Barking Owl.  So in January, we will get through the first few verses of every chapter and then in March, the next group, so that by the time December comes around we can finally get to the last set of verses in each chapter and complete the book's reading.  If you are smarter than I am (is there any doubt?), you will read the whole chapter every day, every 31 day month, and then you will have read the whole book 7 times this year!  By then you are guaranteed to be wiser than The Barking Owl at least, though no one will ever match the wisdom of Solomon!

[All Bible passages are from the NIV, and are copied from]

Proverbs 9

1 Wisdom has built her house; 
   she has set up[a] its seven pillars. 
2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; 
   she has also set her table. 
3 She has sent out her servants, and she calls 
   from the highest point of the city, 

In chapter 8 we heard wisdom calling on the street corners and at the city gates.  Here she is again, calling 'from the highest point of the city'.  What would that mean today?  Perhaps wisdom would have a commercial during the highest rated TV show in prime time; or she would have pop-up ads on websites with the most hits; or maybe she would be on YouTube hoping to 'go viral'.  

Not only is wisdom calling, but here we see her enticing interested parties to come and sit with her; she is offering meat and wine, sustenance and comfort, amidst the mysterious 'seven pillars'.

No. This is not a trap.  Sometimes what you read is true.  Let us go and partake of everything wisdom has to offer. 


  1. I have to think about what this means?!

  2. "This is not a trap."

    Maybe it's the only way out ...

  3. I was just trying to imagine what "the highest point in the city" means today, because that's where wisdom should have her podium.

    For yes, Linda, wisdom's way (God's way) is the only way out!


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