(Prov 9:1 NASB) Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;
(Prov 9:2 NASB) She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table;
(Prov 9:3 NASB) She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights of the city:
Prov 9:3: Wisdom is available to all. She has sent out her maidens and she calls from the tops of the heights of the city.
(Prov 9:4 NASB) “Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks understanding she says,
(Prov 9:5 NASB) “Come, eat of my food, And drink of the wine I have mixed.
(Prov 9:6 NASB) “Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding.”
Prov 9:6: Wisdom says to eat and drink from her. Yeshua, as the Word of Elohim made flesh, told the Jews to eat His flesh and drink His blood (John 6:49-58).
(Prov 9:7 NASB) He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.
(Prov 9:8 NASB) Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you, Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
(Prov 9:9 NASB) Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning.
Prov 9:9: This is a contrast between giving instructions to the wicked man and to the wise man.
(Prov 9:10 NASB) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Prov 9:10: If someone does not fear Elohim, they will not be interested in wisdom. He is a fool. The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom. Those who fear Him are those who keep His commandments Job 28:28, Psalm 111:10, Ecc. 12:13).
(Prov 9:11 NASB) For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.
(Prov 9:12 NASB) If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
Prov 9:12: The individual may choose wisdom and reap its reward. Or he may scoff and incur its penalties.
(Prov 9:13 NASB) The woman of folly is boisterous, She is naive, and knows nothing.
(Prov 9:14 NASB) And she sits at the doorway of her house, On a seat by the high places of the city,
(Prov 9:15 NASB) Calling to those who pass by, Who are making their paths straight:
(Prov 9:16 NASB) “Whoever is naive, let him turn in here,” And to him who lacks understanding she says,
(Prov 9:17 NASB) “Stolen water is sweet; And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
Prov 9:17: The woman of folly promotes the attractiveness of what is forbidden. Stolen water seems to refer to acts of illicit intercourse.
(Prov 9:18 NASB) But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
Prov 9:18: The naive bystander does not comprehend that her ways are death.
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