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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Proverbs Chapter 9

Proverbs 9:1

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Her 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.

Proverbs 9:2

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Killed - 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.

Proverbs 9:3

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Maidens - 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.

Proverbs 9:4

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Simple - Ignorant, and weak.

Proverbs 9:7

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A former - He shews whom he meant by the foolish, Pro 9:6, 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.

Proverbs 9:8

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A scorner - An obstinate and incorrigible sinner.

Proverbs 9:12

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For thyself - Thou dost not profit me but thyself.

Proverbs 9:14

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At the door - Watching for occasions of sin.

Proverbs 9:15

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Go right - Who are going innocently about their business.

Proverbs 9:16

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Simple - This title is not given them by her, but by Solomon.

Proverbs 9:17

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Sweet - From the difficulty of obtaining them; and because the very prohibition renders them more grateful to corrupt nature.

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