Proverbs 9
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1  Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars;

khokh-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 hath hewn out her seven pillars

The number seven is a recurring motif in the Bible, typically representing nature. It is used in the book of Proverbs 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 God created the world, the “house” referred to in the first half of this verse, He created it with wisdom.


2  She hath prepared her meat, she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.

ב  טָבְחָה טִבְחָהּ מָסְכָה יֵינָהּ אַף עָרְכָה שֻׁלְחָנָהּ.

3  She hath sent forth her maidens, she calleth, upon the highest places of the city:

ג  שָׁלְחָה נַעֲרֹתֶיהָ תִקְרָא עַל גַּפֵּי מְרֹמֵי קָרֶת.

4  ‘Whoso is thoughtless, let him turn in hither’; as for him that lacketh understanding, she saith to him:

ד  מִי פֶתִי יָסֻר הֵנָּה חֲסַר לֵב אָמְרָה לּוֹ.

5  ‘Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.

ה  לְכוּ לַחֲמוּ בְלַחֲמִי וּשְׁתוּ בְּיַיִן מָסָכְתִּי.

6  Forsake all thoughtlessness, and live; and walk in the way of understanding.

ו  עִזְבוּ פְתָאיִם וִחְיוּ וְאִשְׁרוּ בְּדֶרֶךְ בִּינָה.

7  He that correcteth a scorner getteth to himself shame, and he that reproveth a wicked man, it becometh unto him a blot.

ז  יֹסֵר לֵץ לֹקֵחַ לוֹ קָלוֹן וּמוֹכִיחַ לְרָשָׁע מוּמוֹ.

8  Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; reprove a wise man, and he will love thee.

ח  אַל תּוֹכַח לֵץ פֶּן יִשְׂנָאֶךָּ הוֹכַח לְחָכָם וְיֶאֱהָבֶךָּ.

9  Give to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

ט  תֵּן לְחָכָם וְיֶחְכַּם עוֹד הוֹדַע לְצַדִּיק וְיוֹסֶף לֶקַח.

10  The fear of Hashem is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the All-holy is understanding.

י  תְּחִלַּת חָכְמָה יִרְאַת יְהוָה וְדַעַת קְדֹשִׁים בִּינָה.

11  For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

יא  כִּי בִי יִרְבּוּ יָמֶיךָ וְיוֹסִיפוּ לְּךָ שְׁנוֹת חַיִּים.

12  If thou art wise, thou art wise for thyself; and if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.’

יב  אִם חָכַמְתָּ חָכַמְתָּ לָּךְ וְלַצְתָּ לְבַדְּךָ תִשָּׂא.

13  The woman Folly is riotous; she is thoughtless, and knoweth nothing.

יג  אֵשֶׁת כְּסִילוּת הֹמִיָּה פְּתַיּוּת וּבַל יָדְעָה מָּה.

14  And she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,

יד  וְיָשְׁבָה לְפֶתַח בֵּיתָהּ עַל כִּסֵּא מְרֹמֵי קָרֶת.

15  To call to them that pass by, who go right on their ways:

טו  לִקְרֹא לְעֹבְרֵי דָרֶךְ הַמְיַשְּׁרִים אֹרְחוֹתָם.

16  ‘Whoso is thoughtless, let him turn in hither’; and as for him that lacketh understanding, she saith to him:

טז  מִי פֶתִי יָסֻר הֵנָּה וַחֲסַר לֵב וְאָמְרָה לּוֹ.

17  ‘Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.’

יז  מַיִם גְּנוּבִים יִמְתָּקוּ וְלֶחֶם סְתָרִים יִנְעָם.

18  But he knoweth not that the shades are there; that her guests are in the depths of the nether-world.

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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