Life is made up of our choices. Each point of decision is a cross road. At these cross roads sit two women, Lady Wisdom and The Woman of Folly. They beckoned us to make decisions that will direct us down one of two paths of life. Everything in life can be boiled down to which path we choose. Each choice appeals to our desires, but only one path will truly and ultimately satisfy. These two alternate paths of life are called the way of the wise and the way of the fool. They both call out to you on a continual basis.
These two life voices seek to draw you down two very distinct and opposite paths. Yet, in some ways, they are very similar. They both offer satisfaction of our desires (comp. v.5 with v.17). They are both visible options that strongly urge for our attention (comp. vv. 3-4 with vv. 13-16a). This is where their similarities end.
These two paths have dramatically different orientations (comp. vv. 6, 8-10 with vv. 7, 13, 17) and destinations (comp. vv.11-12 with vv. 7-8, 18). The way of the fool is oriented by deceit and lies and a lack of discipline, knowledge, instruction and understanding. They ultimately lack wisdom and the fear of the Lord (v. 10). Their destination is death (v. 18).
The way of the wise is oriented by two guide rails - revelation and relationship. Proverbs call these knowledge and the fear of the Lord (v. 10). When they are applied together they are called wisdom. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but through Me" (John 14:6). Get more of Him and you will be well on your way to the house of wisdom which leads to life. He is Life.