Invitations of Wisdom and of Folly
1 Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars.
2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city.
4 "Let all who are simple come in here!" she says to those who lack judgment.
5 "Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed.
6 Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.
7 "Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.
8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.
10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer."
13 The woman Folly is loud; she is undisciplined and without knowledge.
14 She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way.
16 "Let all who are simple come in here!" she says to those who lack judgment.
17 "Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!"
18 But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave. a]">[a]
- Proverbs 9:18 Hebrew Sheol
4 examples of forsaking things to live:
1. Moses (Hebrews 11:24-27)
2. Rahab (Joshua 2:9-13; 6:25; Hebrews 11:31)
3. Ruth (Ruth 1:16; 2:11-13)
4. Disciples (Matthew 4:18-22; 9:9)
3 examples - rebuking and being hated:
1. Joseph (Genesis 37:2, 18-28)
2. The prophet (2 Chronicles 25:16)
3. John the Baptist (Matthew 14:1-10)
3 examples - rebuking and being loved:
1. Nathan (2 Samuel 12)
2. Two disciples (Luke 24:25-29)
3. Peter (John 21:17; Galatians 2:11-14)
5 facts about a foolish woman:
1. She is clamorous - one in continual uproar; noisy; boisterous (v 13; 7:11)
2. Simple - silly; easily seduced (v 13; 2 Timothy 3:6)
3. Knoweth nothing - knows no shame; utterly ignorant and depraved (v 13)
4. She watches for victims of sin (v 14; Genesis 38:14; Jeremiah 3:2)
5. She is impudent or bold to call to any stranger and tempt the innocent to sin (v 15-17)