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Commentary Critical and Explanatory
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CHAPTER 9

      Pr 9:1-18. The commendation of wisdom is continued, under the figure of a liberal host, and its provisions under that of a feast (compare Lu 14:16-24). The character of those who are invited is followed by a contrasted description of the rejectors of good counsel; and with the invitations of wisdom are contrasted the allurement of the wicked woman.

      1. house--(compare Pr 8:34).
      her--or, "its" (the house).
      seven pillars--the number seven for many, or a sufficiency (Pr 6:31).

      2. mingled--to enhance the flavor (Pr 23:30; Isa 5:22).
      furnished--literally, "set out," "arranged."

      3. maidens--servants to invite (compare Ps 68:11; Isa 40:9).
      highest places--ridges of heights, conspicuous places.

      4-6. (Compare Pr 1:4; 6:32). Wisdom not only supplies right but forbids wrong principles.

      7, 8. shame--(Compare Pr 3:35).
      a blot--or, "stain on character." Both terms denote the evil done by others to one whose faithfulness secures a wise man's love.

      9. The more a wise man learns, the more he loves wisdom.

      10. (Compare Pr 1:7).
      of the holy--literally, "holies," persons or things, or both. This knowledge gives right perception.

      11. (Compare Pr 3:16-18; 4:10).

      12. You are mainly concerned in your own conduct.

      13. foolish woman--or literally, "woman of folly," specially manifested by such as are described.
      clamorous--or, "noisy" (Pr 7:11).
      knoweth nothing--literally, "knoweth not what," that is, is right and proper.

      14. on a seat--literally, "throne," takes a prominent place, impudently and haughtily.

      15, 16. to allure those who are right-minded, and who are addressed as in Pr 9:4, as
      simple--that is, easily led (Pr 1:4) and unsettled, though willing to do right.

      17. The language of a proverb, meaning that forbidden delights are sweet and pleasant, as fruits of risk and danger.

      18. (Compare Pr 2:18, 19; 7:27).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Proverbs 9". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/jfb/view.cgi?book=pr&chapter=009>. 1871.  

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