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,"
3. maidens—servants to invite (compare
68:11; Isa 40:9).
highest places—ridges of heights,
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
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
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
17. The language of a proverb, meaning that
forbidden delights are sweet and pleasant, as fruits of risk and
18. (Compare Pr 2:18, 19; 7:27).