by Harley Howard

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Proverbs Chapter 9 (11 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard

1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:

The house of wisdom is built on a complete, sturdy and sure foundation. We have seen that clearly in chapter 8. This wisdom is eternal and knows all about us and more than us as we have already seen.

2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.

Wisdom, as we might say, has laid out quite a spread of food for us to eat! When you come to wisdom's banquet, you don't leave hungry or thirsty! The only thing that is missing are the guest. Will you come to wisdom's banquet?

There are two banquets here in this chapter - wisdom's and the strange woman's. Both call out to those who are lacking understanding and both promise satisfaction; but we all know that only God's banquet will suffice. Wisdom's banquet supplies all that is needed while the strange woman's fast food shack steals from others. That's a big difference.

3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,

Wisdom's maidens were sent to knock on the doors of the city and invite all to come to the feast. There was no discrimination as far as the invitation was concerned; it was yours to come or reject. Wisdom used the highest places of the city because there she could reach the most people. The invitation was plain and simple and it addressed everyone.

4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

Again, wisdom appealed to those who were ignorant of her and her importance. Proverbs chapters one and eight reveal the same cry of wisdom to everyone who is simple. Let's be reminded of who is simple - everyone. No one is born or acquires God's wisdom without God; therefore everyone is simple; everyone is naive, silly seducible fools. This is the true condition of all of mankind. The problem is that w ...

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