Proverbs 9:1-18 NIV
Invitations of Wisdom and Folly
1 Wisdom Has Built HER House;
SHE Has Set Up its seven pillars.
2SHE Has Prepared HER Meat and Mixed HER Wine;
SHE Has also Set HER Table.
3SHE Has Sent Out HER servants, and SHE Calls
from the highest point of the city,
4“Let all who are simple come to MY House!”
To those who have no sense SHE Says,
5“Come, Eat MY Food
and Drink the wine I Have Mixed.
6Leave your simple ways and you will live;
walk in the way of insight.”
7Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
8Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;
Rebuke the wise and they will love you.
9Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
Teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
10 The Fear of The LORD Is the beginning of Wisdom,
and Knowledge of The HOLY ONE Is Understanding.
11For through Wisdom your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
12If you are wise, your Wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
13Folly is an unruly woman;
she is simple and knows nothing.
14She sits at the door of her house,
on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15calling out to those who pass by,
who go straight on their way,
16“Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
17“Stolen water is sweet;
food eaten in secret is delicious!”
18But little do they know that the dead are there,
that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.
Wisdom Has Built HER house;
SHE Has Set Up its seven pillars
CHRIST, The Wisdom of GOD, Is Meant, in WHOM and from WHOM all Wisdom Is. This house built by HIM may refer to the Human Nature of CHRIST, Which is a Temple, a Tabernacle, a House in Which The Godhead Dwells, is built by Wisdom, made without the hands of men; and then its seven pillars are the Graces of The SPIRIT, by which it was supported and adorned.
“And The SPIRIT of The LORD Will Rest On HIM--The SPIRIT of Wisdom and Understanding, The SPIRIT of Counsel and Might, The SPIRIT of Knowledge and the Fear of The LORD.”
The heavenly Glory, the House not made with hands, CHRIST'S FATHER'S House, in which are many mansions for HIS people; and which is a city whose Builder and Maker is GOD, and is prepared by CHRIST; and stands firm upon the Promises of GOD, the Person, Blood, and Righteousness of CHRIST, and the Grace of the Blessed SPIRIT: or rather the church of CHRIST on earth, the House of the Living GOD, the pillar and ground of truth; this is built by CHRIST Upon HIMSELF, the Rock and Foundation; the materials of it are true believers, precious and lively stones; built up a spiritual House, and a fit and suitable habitation for GOD through The SPIRIT.
Such a house there was under the Old Testament, and such an one there is under the New; and which is continually building up by CHRIST by means of the WORD and Ordinances, and will continue to the end of the world.
“If I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in GOD'S Household, which is the church of The LIVING GOD, the pillar and foundation of the truth.”