Proverbs – Chapter 9

Proverbs 9

Verse 1 – Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars;

Seven is the number for completion, perfect – it lacks nothing.

Verse 2 – She has slaughtered her meat, she has mixed her wine, she has also furnished her table.

Verse 3 – She has sent out her maidens, she cries out from the highest places of the city,

Verse 4 – “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,

Verse 5 – “Come eat of my bread and drink of the wine which I have mixed.”

Verse 6 – Forsake foolishness and live and go in the way of understanding.

This is the parable of the great supper Jesus told in Luke 14:15-24. Many intended to go, but never made it because they got sidetracked. Other things seemed more important at the time.

Verse 7 – “He who reproves a scoffer gets shame for himself, and he who rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blemish.”

verse 8 – Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

Verse 9 – Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

Verse 10 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

A scoffer is a mocker of the ways of God. You won’t persuade them, so don’t waste your breath. However, someone who is wanting to know the wisdom that comes from God can be corrected and it will be cherished. A scoffer doesn’t care to learn and doesn’t want to hear an opposite opinion of others. They will make fun of you and God. A wise person will keep on learning, because they seek to have a relationship with the creator.

Verse 11 – “For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.

Verse 12 – If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, and if you scoff, you alone will hear it.”

These verses imply both, a long life and an eternal life.

Verse 13 – A foolish woman is clamorous; (boisterous) she is simple, and knows nothing.

Verse 14 – For she sits at the door of her house, on a seat by the highest places of the city,

Verse 15 – To call to those who pass by, who go straight on their way;

Verse 16 – “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here;” and as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,

Verse 17 – “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”

Verse 18 – But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell (or Sheol).

Sin always seems more enticing and exciting than living a Christian life. Don’t be deceived; Sin will take you a lot further than you ever want to go!

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