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  • Donna Duck on Proverbs 9:14 - 3 years ago
    I am reading Proverbs 9; however, I am having a problem understanding Proverbs9:13-15.

    I would appreciate any help in understanding these versus.


  • Chris - In Reply on Proverbs 9:14 - 3 years ago
    The whole of chapter 9 in Proverbs is to show a comparison between Wisdom & Folly (= foolishness). As you must have read the earlier verses (1 - 12), you saw the traits of one who uses wisdom. Now both Wisdom & Folly are used here in the feminine gender but not to denigrate the female in any way, but in Hebrew, as in many other languages, those words are in the feminine gender. So, Foolishness is seen as Wisdom's opposite & verses 13 -18 demonstrate that.

    The imagery of Foolishness is shown as 'a foolish woman'. Clearly, this woman is personified as a harlot as you can see from the following verses in this chapter. Foolishness is the display of simpleness & ignorance (v13); she sits in a prominent position to call out to the simple men to come into her chambers (v14); both the wise & simple men walk by her, but the simple ones turn in because they are attracted by her alluring calls (v15,16); she convinces them that there can be more pleasure from doing wrong or doing things in secret when no one is looking (v17). But Wisdom's final word (v18) is: "But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell": i.e. the simple can't see 'past their noses' (or, see past their heightened sinful desires) to take into account that that "the wages of sin is death" ( Rom 6:23) & all those who give in to her (foolishness), will join the throng of sinners who succumbed to the wiles of the devil.
  • Sangron - In Reply on Proverbs 9:14 - 3 years ago
    9:10 /I can not fully understood how can I get wisdom and understanding through the Bible.

    "fear of the LORD", "kowledge of the holy"
  • Bendito Palavra - In Reply on Proverbs 9 - 3 years ago
    The LORD gave Solomon great wisdom because Solomon asked for wisdom from God instead of long life, riches, honor or retribution on his enemies ( 1 Kings 3, 1 Chronicles 1). The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: ( Psalm 111:10). This means a holy reverence for God; who he is and our need for his mercy in our lowly sinful condition.

    The wisest we will ever be is to believe on the record God that gave us of his Son, Jesus Christ (his sinless life, his sacrificial death on the cross to pay for our sins and his rising from the dead to ascend to the right hand of God his Father).

    James 1:5 says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."

    1 Corinthians 1:17-31 shows us that God has made the wisdom of this world foolishness through the preaching of the gospel. Jesus Christ has been made to us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.

    Colossians 2 proclaims Jesus Christ (In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.)

    Study and meditate on the word of God found in scripture with Holy Ghost guidance to increase your understanding ( Psalm 119:97-107, 2 Timothy 2:15). Also rely on teachers and preachers that are faithful to God's word.

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