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Wisdom’s Feast

 9

Wisdom has built her house,

she has hewn her seven pillars.

2

She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,

she has also set her table.

3

She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls

from the highest places in the town,

4

“You that are simple, turn in here!”

To those without sense she says,

5

“Come, eat of my bread

and drink of the wine I have mixed.

6

Lay aside immaturity, and live,

and walk in the way of insight.”

 

General Maxims

7

Whoever corrects a scoffer wins abuse;

whoever rebukes the wicked gets hurt.

8

A scoffer who is rebuked will only hate you;

the wise, when rebuked, will love you.

9

Give instruction to the wise, and they will become wiser still;

teach the righteous and they will gain in learning.

10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

11

For by me your days will be multiplied,

and years will be added to your life.

12

If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;

if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

 

Folly’s Invitation and Promise

13

The foolish woman is loud;

she is ignorant and knows nothing.

14

She sits at the door of her house,

on a seat at the high places of the town,

15

calling to those who pass by,

who are going straight on their way,

16

“You who are simple, turn in here!”

And to those without sense she says,

17

“Stolen water is sweet,

and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”

18

But they do not know that the dead are there,

that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

 


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Verses 1–12

Christ has prepared ordinances to which his people are admitted, and by which nourishment is given here to those that believe in him, as well as mansions in heaven hereafter. The ministers of the gospel go forth to invite the guests. The call is general, and shuts out none that do not shut out themselves. Our Saviour came, not to call the righteous, but sinners; not the wise in their own eyes, who say they see. We must keep from the company and foolish pleasures of the ungodly, or we never can enjoy the pleasures of a holy life. It is vain to seek the company of wicked men in the hope of doing them good; we are far more likely to be corrupted by them. It is not enough to forsake the foolish, we must join those that walk in wisdom. There is no true wisdom but in the way of religion, no true life but in the end of that way. Here is the happiness of those that embrace it. A man cannot be profitable to God; it is for our own good. Observe the shame and ruin of those who slight it. God is not the Author of sin: and Satan can only tempt, he cannot force. Thou shalt bear the loss of that which thou scornest: it will add to thy condemnation.

Verses 13–18

How diligent the tempter is, to seduce unwary souls into sin! Carnal, sensual pleasure, stupifies conscience, and puts out the sparks of conviction. This tempter has no solid reason to offer; and where she gets dominion in a soul, all knowledge of holy things is lost and forgotten. She is very violent and pressing. We need to seek and pray for true wisdom, for Satan has many ways to withdraw our souls from Christ. Not only worldly lusts and abandoned seducers prove fatal to the souls of men; but false teachers, with doctrines that flatter pride and give liberty to lusts, destroy thousands. They especially draw off such as have received only partial serious impressions. The depths of Satan are depths of hell; and sin, without remorse, is ruin, ruin without remedy. Solomon shows the hook; those that believe him, will not meddle with the bait. Behold the wretched, empty, unsatisfying, deceitful, and stolen pleasure sin proposes; and may our souls be so desirous of the everlasting enjoyment of Christ, that on earth we may live to him, daily, by faith, and ere long be with him in glory.




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