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plodprov 1:22

February 19, 2007

Proverbs 1:22

How long, O naïve ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge? The direct answer is, forever. But, these are rhetorical questions.

 

How long, O naïve ones, will you love being simple-minded? Since they love it, and they do love it, they will remain simple-minded and naïve until they love wisdom more. This has nothing to do with your I.Q. You have seen this attitude. We would say this person has stuck their head in the sand like an ostrich. Blessed are the stupid beacuse they have determined that ignorance is bliss and they love bliss rather than understanding.

The verse continues with my expanded translation, How long will . . . scoffers [love and] delight themselves in scoffing? They will continue until they see the value of wisdom. They do not value godly wisdom, so they ridicule and scoff. You have seen this as well. “Oh come on! You don’t believe the bible do you!”

And finally, How long will . . . fools hate knowledge? As long as they hate God they will always hate the knowledge of God. You have heard this, “What makes you think you can speak for God? What do you think – that God wrote a book or something?”

There is nothing to excuse these people, no extenuating circumstance, if they are caught in the snares of the devil or are carried away and enticed by their own lusts. They are justly condemned because they love being naïve and they hate knowledge. And so, they cheerfully comply with every selfish opportunity presented to them.

Many are so mad about their lusts they would rather remain ignorant and stupid or take pleasure in scoffing at holiness. Though people try, they cannot blame God if He were to leave people like this to the consequences of their own attitudes and desires.

But we have a God who is not like other so called gods. Though these offenses are directed at Him He is merciful to creatures such as these because His own death has appeased His wrath.

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