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Lady Wisdom a poem from Proverbs 1 by Daniel Aaron Webster ATWD A Thing Worth Doing blog - worship, ministry, and culture

“Lady Wisdom” a poem from Proverbs 1

Lady Wisdom calls in the streets
    above the noise she cries:
“Simple ones, how long will you be
    deceived by wicked lies?
Silly fools, you covet and seek
    a life that’s free to live.
Scornful people, why do you mock
    the wisdom that I give?”

Lady Wisdom dies in the way;
    she’s murdered by the mob. 
Wicked people now own the day;
    they lie, destroy, and rob.
Ruling with a thirst for new blood,
     they kill in search for life.
New Life’s herald breathes in the tomb;
     there’s hope beneath the strife. 

Lady Wisdom laughs in the streets
     at those who thought they’d won.
Ruling not with a call of peace,
     but with a sword she’s come.
Terror like a whirlwind is here,
     calamity, a storm.
“Seed you’ve sown with Death’s darkest deeds,
     and death to you is born.”

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The Full Poem with Scripture References

I try to write with an open Bible. Here are footnotes that reveal the Scripture references that prompted these lines.

Lady Wisdom calls in the streets[1]
    above the noise she cries:[2]
“Simple ones, how long will you be
    deceived by wicked lies?[3]
Silly fools, you covet and seek
    a life that’s free to live.[4]
Scornful people, why do you mock
    the wisdom that I give?”[5]

Lady Wisdom dies in the way;
    she’s murdered by the mob.[6]
Wicked people now own the day;
    they lie, destroy, and rob.[7]
Ruling with a thirst for new blood,
     they kill in search of life. [8]
New Life’s herald breathes in the tomb;
     there’s hope beneath the strife.[9]

Lady Wisdom laughs in the streets[10]
     at those who thought they’d won.
Ruling not with a call of peace,
     but with a sword, she’s come.
Terror like a whirlwind is here,
     calamity, a storm.[11]
“Seed you’ve sown with Death’s darkest deeds,[12]
     and death to you is born.”[13]


[1] Proverbs 1:20.

[2] Proverbs 1:21.

[3] Proverbs 1:22a.

[4] Proverbs 1:22c.

[5] Proverbs 1:22b.

[6] Lady wisdom is not killed in Proverbs 1, but in Proverbs 8, she is likened unto Christ (see especially verses 22-24) who was rejected and crucified. In 1 Corinthians, 1:18-25, the crucified Christ is the Wisdom of God that we preach.

[7] Proverbs 1:16.

[8] Proverbs 1:11, 13.

[9] See note 6.  Proverbs 8:38.

[10] Proverbs 1:26.

[11] Proverbs 1:27.

[12] Proverbs 1:31.

[13] Proverbs 1:32; 1:18; 8:36. 

Additional Notes

For more poetry, check out this poem from Psalm 118, “Save Us, O Lord.”

The artwork used is Deborah Praises Jael, by Gustave Dore (1865).

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Daniel Aaron Webster is a minister, writer, and teacher. His primary research interest is Early Christian music, especially the musical thought of Clement of Alexandria.

Daniel serves at Welch College as Director of Enrollment & Marketing and as Adjunct Instructor of Music & Theology. He also serves as the Associate Pastor for Music & Worship at Immanuel Church in Gallatin, TN.

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