Proverbs 9:11

11 It's through me, Lady Wisdom, that your life deepens, and the years of your life ripen.

Proverbs 9:11 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 9:11

For by me thy days shall be multiplied
These are the words of Wisdom, and contain a reason and argument why her call and advice in the preceding verses should be listened unto, since she gives long life to her followers. She is a tree of life unto them, the author and giver of spiritual and eternal life; by means of her bread and her wine spiritual life is maintained, promoted, and preserved; and length of days, for ever and ever, is the gift of her right hand; see ( Proverbs 3:16 Proverbs 3:18 ) . The Targum is,

``for by it thy days shall be multiplied;''
which seems to refer it to the fear of the Lord, the beginning of wisdom, in ( Proverbs 9:10 ) , to which long life is attributed; see ( Proverbs 10:27 ) ; and the years of thy life shall be increased;
or, "they shall add years of life to thee" F15; wisdom and understanding, the fear of the Lord, and the knowledge of the Holy; if not in this world, yet in the world to come, which will be without end.

F15 (Myyx twnv Kl wpyowy) "et addent tibi annos vitae", Baynus, Cocceius.

Proverbs 9:11 In-Context

9 Save your breath for the wise - they'll be wiser for it; tell good people what you know - they'll profit from it.
10 Skilled living gets its start in the Fear-of-God, insight into life from knowing a Holy God.
11 It's through me, Lady Wisdom, that your life deepens, and the years of your life ripen.
12 Live wisely and wisdom will permeate your life; mock life and life will mock you. Madame Whore Calls Out, Too
13 Then there's this other woman, Madame Whore - brazen, empty-headed, frivolous.
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