Proverbs 9
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1  Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn her seven pillars.

kho-kh’-MOT ba-n’-TAH vay-TAH kha-tz’-VAH a-mu-DE-ha shiv-AH

א  חָכְמוֹת בָּנְתָה בֵיתָהּ חָצְבָה עַמּוּדֶיהָ שִׁבְעָה׃

9:1   She has hewn her seven pillars

The number seven is a recurring motif in the Bible, typically representing nature. It is used in the book of Mishlei as a way of expressing multitudes, so here it means wisdom has many pillars. According to the medieval commentator Rashi, in this context the number seven represents the seven days of creation. When Hashem created the world, the “house” referred to in the first half of this verse, He created it with wisdom.Comment

2  She has prepared the feast, Mixed the wine, And also set the table.

ב  טָבְחָה טִבְחָהּ מָסְכָה יֵינָהּ אַף עָרְכָה שֻׁלְחָנָהּ׃

3  She has sent out her maids to announce On the heights of the town,

ג  שָׁלְחָה נַעֲרֹתֶיהָ תִקְרָא עַל־גַּפֵּי מְרֹמֵי קָרֶת׃

4  “Let the simple enter here”; To those devoid of sense she says,

ד  מִי־פֶתִי יָסֻר הֵנָּה חֲסַר־לֵב אָמְרָה לּוֹ׃

5  “Come, eat my food And drink the wine that I have mixed;

ה  לְכוּ לַחֲמוּ בְלַחֲמִי וּשְׁתוּ בְּיַיִן מָסָכְתִּי׃

6  Give up simpleness and live, Walk in the way of understanding.”

ו  עִזְבוּ פְתָאיִם וִחְיוּ וְאִשְׁרוּ בְּדֶרֶךְ בִּינָה׃

7  To correct a scoffer, Or rebuke a wicked man for his blemish, Is to call down abuse on oneself.

ז  יֹסֵר לֵץ לֹקֵחַ לוֹ קָלוֹן וּמוֹכִיחַ לְרָשָׁע מוּמוֹ׃

8  Do not rebuke a scoffer, for he will hate you; Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

ח  אַל־תּוֹכַח לֵץ פֶּן־יִשְׂנָאֶךָּ הוֹכַח לְחָכָם וְיֶאֱהָבֶךָּ׃

9  Instruct a wise man, and he will grow wiser; Teach a righteous man, and he will gain in learning.

ט  תֵּן לְחָכָם וְיֶחְכַּם־עוֹד הוֹדַע לְצַדִּיק וְיוֹסֶף לֶקַח׃

10  The beginning of wisdom is fear of Hashem, And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

י  תְּחִלַּת חָכְמָה יִרְאַת יְהוָה וְדַעַת קְדֹשִׁים בִּינָה׃

11  For through me your days will increase, And years be added to your life.

יא  כִּי־בִי יִרְבּוּ יָמֶיךָ וְיוֹסִיפוּ לְּךָ שְׁנוֹת חַיִּים׃

12  If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; If you are a scoffer, you bear it alone.

יב  אִם־חָכַמְתָּ חָכַמְתָּ לָּךְ וְלַצְתָּ לְבַדְּךָ תִשָּׂא׃

13  The stupid woman bustles about; She is simple and knows nothing.

יג  אֵשֶׁת כְּסִילוּת הֹמִיָּה פְּתַיּוּת וּבַל־יָדְעָה מָּה׃

14  She sits in the doorway of her house, Or on a chair at the heights of the town,

יד  וְיָשְׁבָה לְפֶתַח בֵּיתָהּ עַל־כִּסֵּא מְרֹמֵי קָרֶת׃

15  Calling to all the wayfarers Who go about their own affairs,

טו  לִקְרֹא לְעֹבְרֵי־דָרֶךְ הַמְיַשְּׁרִים אֹרְחוֹתָם׃

16  “Let the simple enter here”; And to those devoid of sense she says,

טז  מִי־פֶתִי יָסֻר הֵנָּה וַחֲסַר־לֵב וְאָמְרָה לּוֹ׃

17  “Stolen waters are sweet, And bread eaten furtively is tasty.”

יז  מַיִם־גְּנוּבִים יִמְתָּקוּ וְלֶחֶם סְתָרִים יִנְעָם׃

18  He does not know that the shades are there, That her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

 

יח  וְלֹא־יָדַע כִּי־רְפָאִים שָׁם בְּעִמְקֵי שְׁאוֹל קְרֻאֶיהָ׃

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  • It sounds like Wisdom is inviting us to a celebration. What does the mingled wine and prepared meat represent?

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