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A Commentary, Critical, Practical, and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, by Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset and David Brown [1882] at

Proverbs Chapter 9

Proverbs 9:1

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The commendation of wisdom is continued, under the figure of a liberal host, and its provisions under that of a feast (compare Luk 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. (Pro. 9:1-18)

house--(compare Pro 8:34).

her--or, "its" (the house).

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

Proverbs 9:2

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mingled--to enhance the flavor (Pro 23:30; Isa 5:22).

furnished--literally, "set out," "arranged."

Proverbs 9:3

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maidens--servants to invite (compare Psa 68:11; Isa 40:9).

highest places--ridges of heights, conspicuous places.

Proverbs 9:4

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

Proverbs 9:7

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shame--(Compare Pro 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.

Proverbs 9:9

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

Proverbs 9:10

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(Compare Pro 1:7).

of the holy--literally, "holies," persons or things, or both. This knowledge gives right perception.

Proverbs 9:11

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

Proverbs 9:12

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You are mainly concerned in your own conduct.

Proverbs 9:13

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foolish woman--or literally, "woman of folly," specially manifested by such as are described.

clamorous--or, "noisy" (Pro 7:11).

knoweth nothing--literally, "knoweth not what," that is, is right and proper.

Proverbs 9:14

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on a seat--literally, "throne," takes a prominent place, impudently and haughtily.

Proverbs 9:15

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

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

Proverbs 9:17

pro 9:17

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

Proverbs 9:18

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(Compare Pro 2:18-19; Pro 7:27).

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