¶ 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.
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Builded her house This is a personification of wisdom. See more
about the house at pr2403.
1 - Seven pillars Indicates completeness ge0201.
Some have created allegorical tales based on this description of wisdom. We have no justification to speculate or entertain by conjecture beyond the plain text considering context and purpose and the rest of Scripture.
| 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.
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Forsake the foolish Probably better translated "Forsake, O you simple
ones." But forsake what? Because the alternative is going in the way of
understanding, we assume foolishness is to be forsaken. jn0651.
7 - Reproveth a scorner In trying to convince someone who is against the ways of righteousness, we can only pray and seek an opening mt0706. When it is rejected, continuing is counterproductive. When we have done what is reasonable, we must leave any guilt with Christ and, while remembering our friend in prayer, go on with life.
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.
|10 - Knowledge of the holy Knowing the holy God is life jn1703.|
| 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.
- Simple The wicked woman is like one with little intelligence.
14 - Sitteth ... high places Wisdom sent her maidens to cry out from the highest places in the city v3. The foolish woman here pretends to be wise.
15 - Passengers Literally "those passing over the way."
17, 18 - Stolen ... sweet It is considered so by the wicked. The person who responds to the call of sinful pleasure enters the house of the enticing one and becomes a guest who dies spiritually (and later physically). He follows the path of others. Spiders which spin webs are like this, too. See jb2605, pr1511.