Proverbs 9

The Book of Proverbs
Chapter 9

Chapter Overview:

Christ, under the name of wisdom invites us to his entertainment, ver. 1 - 6.
Foretells the different successes of his invitation, ver. 7 - 9.
Shews the fruit of fearing God, ver. 10 - 12.
Sin, in the person of a foolish woman invites us to her entertainment, ver. 13 - 17.
Which ends in destruction, ver. 18
9:1Her house - For the reception of her guests. Seven - Many pillars; whereby is intimated the beauty and stability of the church.Pillars - Prophets, and apostles, and ministers.
9:2Killed - Made provision for the guests. Mingled - With water, as they used to do in those hot countries. Furnished - With all necessaries, and now waits for the guests.
9:3Maidens - Her servants to invite the guests, ministers of the word whom he calls maidens for the decency of the parable; for wisdom being compared to a great princess, was fit to be attended upon by maidens.Highest places - From such high seats as those from which judges delivered their sentences, and officers made proclamations.
9:4Simple - Ignorant, and weak.
9:7A former - He shews whom he meant by the foolish, ver. 6 , even scorners and wicked men, and presses his last advice of forsaking them because there was no good, but hurt to be got from them.
9:8A scorner - An obstinate and incorrigible sinner.
9:12For thyself - Thou dost not profit me but thyself.
9:14At the door - Watching for occasions of sin.
9:15Go right - Who are going innocently about their business.
9:16Simple - This title is not given them by her, but by Solomon.
9:17Sweet - From the difficulty of obtaining them; and because the very prohibition renders them more grateful to corrupt nature.