Proverbs 8:17-36, 9:1-6

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Proverbs 8

II. The Words of Solomon on Wisdom's Values (1:8 - 9:18)

N. The value of wisdom demonstrated in her virtues and rewards (8:1-21)

In chap. 8 wisdom is . . . personified and appeals for all to receive her instruction. (Ryrie Study Bible)

17 I (i.e. wisdom) love them that love me (i.e. wisdom); and those that seek me (i.e. wisdom) early (i.e. diligently) shall find me (i.e. wisdom).

18 Riches and honour are with me (i.e. wisdom); yea, durable (i.e. enduring) riches and righteousness.

19 My (i.e. wisdom's) fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my (i.e. wisdom's) revenue (i.e. produce, yield) than choice silver.

20 I (i.e. wisdom) lead (i.e. walk) in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment (i.e. justice):

21 That I (i.e. wisdom) may cause those that love me (i.e. wisdom) to inherit substance; and I (i.e. wisdom) will fill their treasures (i.e. treasuries).

II. The Words of Solomon on Wisdom's Values (1:8 - 9:18)

O. The value of wisdom to the Lord in Creation (8:22-36)

22 The LORD possessed me (i.e. wisdom) in the beginning of his (i.e. the LORD's) way, before his (i.e. the LORD's) works of old. (Wisdom belongs to the LORD and comes from Him.) (Wisdom is not attained or found apart from the LORD.)

23 I (i.e. wisdom) was set up (i.e. established) from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was (Lit. from the origins of the earth).

24 When there were no depths, I (i.e. wisdom) was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I (i.e. wisdom) brought forth:

26 While as yet he (i.e. the LORD) had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

27 When he (i.e. the LORD) prepared the heavens, I (i.e. wisdom) was there: when he (i.e. the LORD) set a compass (i.e. inscribed a circle) upon the face of the depth (i.e. the ocean) (The Lord marked out the circle of the horizon.)

28 When he (i.e. the LORD) established the clouds above: when he (i.e. the LORD) strengthened (i.e. brought into being) the fountains (i.e. the springs) of the deep (i.e. the ocean):

29 When he (i.e. the LORD) gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his (the LORD's) commandment (i.e. decree, i.e. its decreed limit): when he (i.e. the LORD) appointed (i.e. decreed) the foundations (i.e. the bases or supports) of the earth (i.e. the structure that keeps the earth from collapsing):

30 Then I (i.e. wisdom) was by him (i.e. the LORD), as one brought up with him (i.e. as a master craftsman or master workman): and I (i.e. wisdom) was daily his (i.e. the LORD's) delight, rejoicing always before him (i.e. the LORD);

31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth (i.e. in the inhabited earth); and my (i.e. wisdom's) delights were with the sons of men (i.e. humanity). (Of all the stars and planets comprising the universe, God has special interest in Planet Earth and in humanity which occupies it.)

32 Now therefore hearken unto (i.e. hear, heed, pay attention to, listen to, obey) me (i.e. wisdom), O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my (i.e. wisdom's) ways. (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. One should seek after wisdom by seeking after the Lord.)

33 Hear (i.e. heed, pay attention to, listen to, obey) instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

34 Blessed is the man that heareth me (i.e. wisdom), watching daily at my (i.e. wisdom's) gates, waiting at the posts of my (i.e. wisdom's) doors (my doorposts). (He is seeking God's wisdom.)

35 For whoso findeth me (i.e. wisdom) findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

36 But he that sinneth against me (i.e. wisdom) wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me (i.e. wisdom) love death. (How might someone sin against wisdom? By rejecting it. Pursue after it instead of rejecting it.)

Proverbs 9

II. The Words of Solomon on Wisdom's Values (1:8 - 9:18)

P. The value of wisdom summarized by contrasting her invitation with folly's invitation (9:1-18)

In verses 1-6 wisdom is pictured or personified as a woman inviting people to a banquet to partake of her benefits.

1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out (i.e. dug or cut out) her seven pillars (seven speaks of completion - it is an ideally constructed house - Ryrie Study Bible):

2 She (i.e. wisdom) hath killed her beasts (i.e. prepared her meat); she (i.e. wisdom) hath mingled (i.e. mixed) her wine; she (i.e. wisdom) hath also furnished (or set) her table.

3 She (i.e. wisdom) hath sent forth her maidens (to publicly invite everyone to her feast): she (i.e. wisdom, represented by her maidens) crieth upon the highest places of the city,

4 Whoso (the invitation is given to all persons) is simple, let him turn in hither (i.e. here - let him enter wisdom's home): as for him that wanteth (i.e. lacks) understanding, she (i.e. wisdom) saith to him,

5 Come, eat of my (i.e. wisdom's) bread, and drink of the wine which I (i.e. wisdom) have mingled (i.e. mixed).

6 Forsake the foolish (the foolish ways or foolishness), and live; and go in the way of understanding.