LECTURES O PROVERBS CHAPTERS 9 AD 10BY REV. RALPH WARDLAW, D.D.
EDITED BY HIS SO,THE REV. J. S. WARDLAW, A.M.
LECTURE XVIII.Pkov. IX. 1— IS.
" Wisdom hath builded her house, she liath hewn out lier seven pilhirs ; shehath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished hertable: she hath sent forth her maidens; she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wantethunderstanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and diink of the wineAvhicli I have mingled. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. lie that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame; and hethat rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Eeprove not a scorner, lesthe hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instraction to awise man, and he will be yet wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase inlearning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom ; and the knowledgeof the Holy is understanding: for by me thy days shall be multiplied, and theyears of thy life shall be increased. If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thy-self: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it. A foolish woman is clamor-ous; she is simple, and knoweth nothing. For she sitteth at the door of herhouse, on a seat in the high places of the city, to call passengers who go righton their ways: Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him thatwanteth understanding, she saith to him, Stolen waters are sweet, and breadeaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there ; andthat her guests are m the depths of hell."
In tliis chapter Wisdom appears under an aspect entirely-new. In the style of Eastern imagery, she is here broughtbefore us, as erecting a house for the reception and enter-tainment of strangers, and inviting all to become her guests,and freely to partake of her royal provision — " Wisdom hath