“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Invitations of Wisdom and Folly

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Christ Jesus

“Walking Up The King’s Highway”, Loretta Oliver.

“Invitations of Wisdom and Folly”, Proverbs 9:1) Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:  Ephesians 2:20; Hebrews 3:3-6.  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,  Matthew 11:25.  5) Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.  Matthew 26:26-28. 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.  Matthew 7:6.  9) Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser:  teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.  Matthew 13:12.  10) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:  and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding.  Job 28:28.  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 (of secrecies) is pleasant.  Proverbs 20:17;  18) But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of Hell.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Here is the final contrast between wisdom and folly.  Each holds a banquet, one for life (v1-6) and one for death (v13-18).  Between the two banquet descriptions is a section (v7-12) that speaks of consequences of the life of wisdom and the plight (state of distress) of folly.  Seven pillars:  The number seven represents completeness.  That is, it is not precisely seven pillars so much as that the house of wisdom was solidly built and substantial in character (the total quality of a person’s behavior.  v2-3, The meal at wisdom’s banquet includes meat and wine and a lovely table (v7:14).  mixed her wine:  A homemaker would add aromatic spices to the wine, enlivening the bouquet and improving the taste (Song of Solomon 8:2).  v7-9, A scoffer or mocker is thoroughly against wisdom (1:22) and scoffs at the things of God (Psalm 1:1).  How should a person respond to a mocker?  It is best not to respond at all.  By contrast, a wise man accepts correction and responds with gratitude.

John Gill’s Bible Exposition – v12, If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: He is wise that harkens to Wisdom’s advice, that obeys her call, it is for his own good, and for the good of his soul. but [if] thou scornest, thou alone shall bear [it]; the evil, the sin of scorning, and the punishment due unto it; it will bring no real hurt to wisdom, or Christ, all the hurt will redound to the scoffer himself; and he alone shall bear it. 

More to come and God Bless You.

   

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