An Overview Of The Old Testament

Part 132 – Wisdom Builds Her House Through The Traps Of A Foolish Woman (Proverbs 9)

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* In this chapter we find the contrast of seeking out wisdom (personified again as a woman) versus seeking a foolish woman.

1. What did wisdom build?
“Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars” (Proverbs 9:1).

* This verse shows wisdom hath prepared a place (cf.
Proverbs 14:1). The context will bear out that this place is set for a feast!

* The wisdom that comes from God has built many great habitations:
- The world (Jeremiah 10:12).
- The seed of Abraham (
Genesis 17:7).
- Physical Jerusalem (
Zechariah 1:16).
- The spiritual Jerusalem [the church/kingdom/us] (
Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 2:20-22, I Timothy 3:15, Hebrews 3:1-6, and I Peter 2:5-6).
- God is the Creator of all things (
Ephesians 3:9).

* Pillars are supports in both physical structures (I Kings 7:6) and spiritual structures (Galatians 2:9).

2. Does wisdom provide food for her table?
Yes: “She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table (Proverbs 9:2).

* Wisdom is preparing for a feast here.

On another note, aside from the meaning of this context:
* Furnishing the table is in reference to providing food (
Psalms 78:17-19).
* Any wise person knows the duty of providing for his/her own (
I Timothy 5:8 and Proverbs 31:14; 15).

3. With her table ready, does wisdom present herself as a ready feast for those whom need to learn?
Yes: “(3) She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, (4) Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, (5) Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled” (Proverbs 9:3-5).

* The simple [naïve] need to turn to wisdom and learn of her (
Psalms 119:130 and Proverbs 8:5).

* The simple [naïve] make themselves easy targets (
Proverbs 14:15, Proverbs 22:3, and Romans 16:17-18).
4. What has to be forsaken to have life?
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding” (Proverbs 9:6).

* Why forsake the foolish? Consider these Scriptures:
Psalms 5:5, Proverbs 10:14, Proverbs 13:20, Proverbs 14:7, Proverbs 15:14, Proverbs 24:9, Psalms 119:115, Jeremiah 4:22, and Galatians 3:1.

* Understanding is found in the word of God (
Psalms 119:104).

* Man cannot know his own way (
Proverbs 20:24).

5. What are the differences between a scorner [
a mocker; someone who rejects things in a disrespectful way] and a wise man?
“(7) He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. (8) Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. (9) Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning” (Proverbs 9:7-9).

* We know that trying to teach someone who doesn’t want to learn backfires on us (
Matthew 7:6).

* The scorner will not receive correction:
Proverbs 13:1 and Proverbs 15:12. Removal of scorners provides peace (Proverbs 22:10).

* The wise will receive correction:
Proverbs 17:10 and Proverbs 28:23. When we refuse correction we reject one of the purposes that we have the word of God (II Timothy 3:16-17).

6. How does the fear of the Lord tie into the seeking of wisdom?
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).

Job 28:28, Psalms 111:10, and Proverbs 15:33.

7. Does wisdom add to the length of a person’s life?
“For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased” (Proverbs 9:11).

Deuteronomy 6:2, Proverbs 3:1-2, Proverbs 3:13-16, and Proverbs 10:27.

8. Should we seek wisdom for our own benefit?
Of course: “If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it” (Proverbs 9:12).

Job 22:2

9. Does God speak of a foolish woman in a positive manner?
No: “A foolish woman is clamorous [LOUD]: she is simple, and knoweth nothing (Proverbs 9:13).

*It is not good for a woman to be loud (
I Peter 3:1-4).

* Nor is it good to be naïve and ignorant (
Acts 17:30).

10. Do these foolish women try to attract those who pass by them?
Yes: “(14) For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, (15) To call passengers who go right on their ways” (Proverbs 9:14-15).

* We discussed this in
Proverbs 7:10-13.

11. Are those who fall into the trap of a foolish woman considered wise by God?
No: Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him” (Proverbs 9:16).

* You cannot enter into danger and think you’ve made a wise decision (
Proverbs 4:14-15, Matthew 26:41, I Thessalonians 5:22, and I Peter 2:11).

12. What does the foolish woman say to those seeking understanding according to the context of our study?
“(16) Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, (17) Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant (Proverbs 9:16-17).

“Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel” (Proverbs 20:17).

* We should never want to be the one’s hiding something (
John 7:4 and John 18:20).

13. What happens to the guests of a foolish woman?
“But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell” (Proverbs 9:18).

Again, we discussed the ways of these loose women in chapter seven:
“Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death” (Proverbs 7:27).