Proverbs 9 sets a dramatic scene with two contrasting figures – Wisdom and Folly – each extending an invitation. Wisdom is depicted as having built her house and prepared a feast, calling out to the simple and those lacking judgment to partake in her banquet of insight and understanding. She promises that by leaving their naïveté behind, they will live and walk in the way of insight. In stark contrast, Folly, portrayed as brash and ignorant, also calls out to the simple but to partake in stolen water and secret bread, representing ill-gotten gains and deceptive pleasures. The chapter concludes by underscoring the consequences of these choices: heeding wisdom leads to life, while following folly leads to death. This chapter serves as an allegorical call to embrace wisdom and shun the deceptive allure of folly.

Proverbs 9

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.

End of Proverbs 9

1 Year Plan:  Aug 17 - Pro 9, Pro 10,  Gal 1

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