Inside the Houses of Wisdom and Folly (Wed. March 31)

The word of the day is “folly.”  Yesterday, we heard Wisdom’s summons to her banquet.  Today, in our reading of Proverbs 9:12-18, we hear a corresponding invitation of a foolish woman.  This woman whom we will call “Folly,” calls out to all who pass by, “Whoever is simple let him turn in here” (NKJV vs. 16).  Today we will contrast the appeals of these two representatives of wisdom and foolishness and the consequences of answering each. The Enticements of Wisdom and Folly Both Wisdom and Folly offer enticements to visit them.  Wisdom sends out her maidens with the invitation to “turn aside to me” (OSB 9:4.   Likewise, Folly sits at the highest places of the city  and cries out with…