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1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:

2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.

3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,

4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.

6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.

8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.

14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,

15 To call passengers who go right on their ways:

16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

Commentary for Proverbs 9

The invitations of Wisdom. (1-12) The invitations of folly. (13-18)1-12 Christ has prepared ordinances to which his people are admitted, and by which nourishment is given here to those that believe in him, as well as mansions in heaven hereafter. The ministers of the gospel go forth to invite the guests. The call is general, and shuts out none that do not shut out themselves. Our Saviour came, not to call the righteous, but sinners; not the wise in their own eyes, who say they see. We must keep from the company and foolish pleasures of the ungodly, or we never can enjoy the pleasures of a holy life. It is vain to seek the company of wicked men in the hope of doing them good; we are far more likely to be corrupted by them. It is not enough to forsake the foolish, we must join those that walk in wisdom. There is no true wisdom but in the way of religion, no true life but in the end of that way. Here is the happiness of those that embrace it. A man cannot be profitable to God; it is for our own good. Observe the shame and ruin of those who slight it. God is not the Author of sin: and Satan can only tempt, he cannot force. Thou shalt bear the loss of that which thou scornest: it will add to thy condemnation.

13-18 How diligent the tempter is, to seduce unwary souls into sin! Carnal, sensual pleasure, stupifies conscience, and puts out the sparks of conviction. This tempter has no solid reason to offer; and where she gets dominion in a soul, all knowledge of holy things is lost and forgotten. She is very violent and pressing. We need to seek and pray for true wisdom, for Satan has many ways to withdraw our souls from Christ. Not only worldly lusts and abandoned seducers prove fatal to the souls of men; but false teachers, with doctrines that flatter pride and give liberty to lusts, destroy thousands. They especially draw off such as have received only partial serious impressions. The depths of Satan are depths of hell; and sin, without remorse, is ruin, ruin without remedy. Solomon shows the hook; those that believe him, will not meddle with the bait. Behold the wretched, empty, unsatisfying, deceitful, and stolen pleasure sin proposes; and may our souls be so desirous of the everlasting enjoyment of Christ, that on earth we may live to him, daily, by faith, and ere long be with him in glory.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Proverbs 9

  • Steve
    On the subject of the fear of the Lord: easily understood is having the deepest respect for Him and all His ways. Our God is a consuming fire. He is a jealous God, not to be mocked. Don't be concerned of a person that can take your life, but be VERY concerned with Him that not only cantake your life, but can banish you to hell. He demands the deepest respect, which is the fear of the Lord.
  • A disciple
    On the subject of fearing God; I've heard many apologizing and trying to deny that our fear should be of dread and terror, like the word really means; but instead water down the meaning to some vague conviction of "hurting God's feelings." But anyone who really knows what its like to be in life danger, or ready to perish for his sins; knows the FEAR of falling into the hands of the living God.
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 13:11 WHEN I WAS A CHILD I SPAKE AS A CHILD I UNDERSTOOD AS A CHILD BUT WHEN I BECAME A MAN I PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS PSALM 56:5 EVERY DAY THEY WREST MY WORDS ALL THEIR THOUGHTS ARE AGAINST ME FOR EVIL ROMANS 13:10 AND SAID O FULL OF ALL SUBTILTY AND ALL MISCHIEF THOU CHILD OF THE devil THOU ENEMY OF ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS WILT THOU NOT CEASE TO PERVERT THE RIGHT WAYS OF THE LORD EPHESIANS 6:19 AND FOR ME THAT UTTERANCE MAY BE GIVEN UNTO ME THAT I MAY OPEN MY MOUTH BOLDLY TO MAKE KNOWN THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL --6:20-- FOR WHICH I AM AN AMBASSADOR IN --BONDS-- THAT THEREIN I MAY SPEAK BOLDLY AS I OUGHT TO SPEAK PSALM 94:16 WHO WILL RISE UP FOR ME AGAINST THE EVILDOERS OR WHO WILL STAND UP FOR ME AGAINST THE WORKERS OF INIQUITY --94-17-- UNLESS THE LORD HAD BEEN MY HELP MY SOUL HAD ALMOST DWELT IN SILENCE
  • Dorothy L Clayton
    When we FEAR GOD than we will receive Wisdom from GOD. This not talking about A dreadful fear or fearful type fear, But meaning to Reverence GOD and respect Him for who He is.. JUST for beginning THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. that will cause to bring him Adoration and praise for being the Creator of Heaven and Earth and than will Have Wisdom and knowledge than will lead you to understand and knowing who GOD is.. THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINING OF WISDOM..THIS HOW WE ABSTAIN WISDOM OR BECOME WISE IS WHEN WE REVERENCE HIMTHAN YOU SHALL HAVE KNOWLEDGE IN KNWING OR UNERSTANDING IN KNOWING WHO THE HOLY ONE IS.....
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 19:9 THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS CLEAN ENDURING FOREVER THE JUDGEMENTS OF THE LORD ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS ALTOGETHER--19:10--MORE TO BE DESIRED ARE THEY THAN GOLD YEA THAN MUCH FINE GOLD SWEETER ALSO THAN HONEY AND THE HONETCOMB --19:11--MOREOVER BY THEM IS THY SERVANT --- WARNED --- AND IN KEEPING OF THEM THERE IS GREAT REWARD PSALM 119:125 I AM THY SERVANT GIVE ME UNDERSTANDING THAT I MAY KNOW THY TESTIMONIES PROVERBS 2:6 FOR THE LORD GIVETH WISDOM OUT OF HIS MOUTH COMETH KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING PROVERBS 9:6 FORSAKE THE FOOLISH --- AND LIVE --- AND GO IN THE WAY OF UNDERSTANDING PROVERBS 15:14 THE HEART OF HIM THAT HATH UNDERSTANDING SEEKETH KNOWLEDGE BUT THE MOUTH OF FOOLS FEEDETH ON FOOLISHNESS 1 JOHN 5:20 AND WE KNOW THAT THE SON OF GOD IS COME AND HATH GIVEN US AN UNDERSTANDING THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM THAT IS TRUE AND WE ARE IN HIM THAT IS TRUE EVEN IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST THIS IS THE TRUE GOD AND ETERNAL LIFE PROVERBS 21:16 THE MAN THAT WANDERETH OUT OF THE WAY OF UNDERSTANDING SHALL REMAIN IN THE CONGREGATION OF THE DEAD
  • Miranda Taylor
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. v10
  • Mr. Smith
    Both Wisdom vs 4 and Foolish vs 16 cry out to the same person to come in. Wisdom, our divine spiritual imagination and Foolishness, our own sense realm, beckon our attention. One leads to life and understanding and one to death and destruction. Choose this day whom ye shall serve. I set before thee life and death, blessing and cursing. The ongoing human struggle.
  • Master Prophet
    It teaches a Women how to examine her ro live in the Obedience to God. We must acknowledge that only what we do doe God will be counted for.

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