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Proverbs 9



Verse 1

Proverbs 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 Luke 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.

house — (compare Proverbs 8:34).

her — or, “its” (the house).

seven pillars — the number seven for many, or a sufficiency (Proverbs 6:31).

Verse 2

mingled — to enhance the flavor (Proverbs 23:30; Isaiah 5:22).

furnished — literally, “set out,” “arranged.”

Verse 3

maidens — servants to invite (compare Psalm 68:11; Isaiah 40:9).

highest places — ridges of heights, conspicuous places.

Verses 4-6

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

Verse 7-8

shame — (Compare Proverbs 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.

Verse 9

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

Verse 10

(Compare Proverbs 1:7).

of the holy — literally, “holies,” persons or things, or both. This knowledge gives right perception.

Verse 11

(Compare Proverbs 3:16-18; Proverbs 4:10).

Verse 12

You are mainly concerned in your own conduct.

Verse 13

foolish woman — or literally, “woman of folly,” specially manifested by such as are described.

clamorous — or, “noisy” (Proverbs 7:11).

knoweth nothing — literally, “knoweth not what,” that is, is right and proper.

Verse 14

on a seat — literally, “throne,” takes a prominent place, impudently and haughtily.

Verse 15-16

to allure those who are right-minded, and who are addressed as in Proverbs 9:4, as

simple — that is, easily led (Proverbs 1:4) and unsettled, though willing to do right.

Verse 17

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

Verse 18

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


Copyright Statement
These files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.
This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed.

Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 9:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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