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FRAMEWORKS: Proverbs 9


(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading summary as a description of what is happening)


FRAMEWORKS: Proverbs 9: Contrasting Wisdom & Folly


[Preliminary Comments: Whereas chapter 8 had wisdom personified and speaking out, this chapter speaks more generally about the personified wisdom. It portrays ‘her' as having established herself and invites all to come to her [v.1-6]. But then Solomon contrasts the wise and the foolish when it comes to correction [v.7-9] and declares that foundational statement that wisdom starts by honouring God [v.10]. Wisdom is seen to bring life and blessing [v.11,12] while folly seeks to draw in those without sense, and brings destruction to them [v.13-18]. The contrasts should challenge any right-thinking person to reflect on their life – but that takes wisdom!]



v.1-6 Wisdom has established a home and welcomes all who will come

v.1  Wisdom has built her house;
    she has set up its seven pillars.
v.2  She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
    she has also set her table.
v.3  She has sent out her servants, and she calls
    from the highest point of the city,
v.4      ‘Let all who are simple come to my house!'
To those who have no sense she says,
v.5      ‘Come, eat my food
    and drink the wine I have mixed.
v.6  Leave your simple ways and you will live;
    walk in the way of insight.'


v.7-9 Mockers & the wise respond differently when rebuked

v.7  Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
    whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
v.8  Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;
    rebuke the wise and they will love you.
v.9  Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
    teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.


v.10 The heart of wisdom – respecting God

v.10   The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom ,
    and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

v.11,12 Wisdom brings long life and blessing

v.11  For through wisdom your days will be many,
    and years will be added to your life.
v.12  If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
    if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.


v.13-18 Folly on the other hand catches the simple & leads to death

v.13  Folly is an unruly woman;
    she is simple and knows nothing.
v.14  She sits at the door of her house,
    on a seat at the highest point of the city,
v.15  calling out to those who pass by,
    who go straight on their way,
v.16      ‘Let all who are simple come to my house!'
To those who have no sense she says,
v.17      ‘Stolen water is sweet;
    food eaten in secret is delicious!'
v.18  But little do they know that the dead are there,
    that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.




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