Proverbs Chapter 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.

Chapter 9 is the shortest chapter in the book of Proverbs but it's ties are so closely to chapter 8 I think they could have been combined and the book shortened to 30 chapters. The chapter is subtitled "Wisdom's invitation"; and she does call for those to eat her bread and drink her wine. (Of course every time I see those words I can't help but to think of communion.)
Wisdom's house has seven pillars. Those seven pillars are found in chapter 8 from verses 12 to 20. If you can picture that house then imagine each pillar named as follows:

1 Prudence
2 Knowledge/sound Wisdom
3 Counsel
4 Understanding
5 Strength
6 Righteousness
7 Judgment

Verse 10 tells us that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding". I mentioned this in Chapter 1 verse 7 plus the fact that 'the fear of the Lord' is defined for us in Chapter 8 verse 13... "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the forward mouth, do I hate". Remember the list of 7 things the Lord hates from chapter 6? Well this list lines up with that one.
What a promise is tied to applying wisdom with our actions to those items on those lists... "For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased". (verse 11)

See you tomorrow, Pastor Herb


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