Two ladies call out to the world in Proverbs 9: Wisdom and Folly.
The difference is actually striking.
[Wisdom] has sent her young women to call from the highest places
Wisdom sent her followers to the high places, the important places, to call to others.
Did you know the Greek word for “sent” is apestalmena, where we get the word for apostle: one who is sent?
Now look at Folly:
[Folly] takes a seat on the highest places
Folly takes the highest place, the most important place.
What Is the Difference?
When done apostolically, there is humility. Wisdom does not assume superiority (even when true) over other others but serves others.
Folly assumes superiority and appropriates what is neccessary – takes the important places, often by force and/or deception. There may be a false humility that can be attractive to others, but the true motivations tend to be selfish.
“When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 14:8-11, NKJV
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