Our last sermon in our Proverbs study looks at Proverbs 9. Here we find a final exhortation to the son/student to love and cherish Wisdom. Our text brings us through the top four warnings from Proverbs 1-8 as a review, and such a review is a welcomed thing to God’s people who recognize that we are but children in need to repetition. We discover four points in our text this Sunday: 1. Wisdom demands good company; 2. Wisdom’s riches are for the humble; 3. Wisdom is the fear of God; and 4. Wisdom means avoid the adulteress at all cost.
As we finish our study, the value of wisdom is not left behind. Let us heed the call of Christ, which is the call of wisdom!
9:1 Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn her seven pillars.
2 She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her young women to call
from the highest places in the town,
4 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
To him who lacks sense she says,
5 “Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6 Leave your simple ways, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
7 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase 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.
13 The woman Folly is loud;
she is seductive and knows nothing.
14 She sits at the door of her house;
she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,
15 calling to those who pass by,
who are going straight on their way,
16 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
And to him who lacks sense she says,
17 “Stolen water is sweet,
and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18 But he does not know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol. (ESV)