Proverbs 9: Pillars of Wisdom

For people who really want to know, how hard is learning? What about those who don’t want to know?

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Proverbs 9:1–3 Wisdom’s house is built upon seven pillars. With the food and drink prepared, wisdom’s table is spread for a feast.
The servants of wisdom broadcast the invitation from the housetops:
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Proverbs 9:1–3 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,

How does food and drink help the naïve and ignorant?

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Proverbs 9:4–5 Let the naïve and ignorant come to my house, where there the food is prepared and the wine is ready to drink.
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Proverbs 9:4–5 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.

How dangerous are “thoughtless ways”?

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Proverbs 9:6 Leave your thoughtless ways. Take the road toward discernment, and you will live.
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Proverbs 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

What kinds of responses should we expect from those who don’t agree with us?

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Proverbs 9:7–8 A braggart will make fun of your correction.
Rebuking the wicked will get a negative reaction.
Don’t try to correct scoffers. They will only hate you. But instruct those who seek wisdom, and they will love you.
Matthew 5:11 Blessed are the hated, those who are rejected, insulted, and falsely accused because of me.
Matthew 10:13–14 If the residents welcome you, offer your blessings, but if not, then quietly withdraw. When people do not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the offense like dust from your feet and leave that house or town for another.
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Proverbs 9:7–8 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Matthew 10:13–14 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

Of what value is preaching to the choir? Why might we need to take our message to others?

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Proverbs 9:9 Give truth to the wise and they will be wiser.
Teach righteous people and will grow in knowledge and wisdom.
Romans 10:14 But how can people believe Jesus when they haven’t heard what he said and did? They can’t—not unless you’re willing to tell your stories about what Jesus has done for you.
1 Peter 3:15 Make good on your commitment to the Lord by preparing to share your experiences with those who might not understand how you have survived your struggles. Always be ready to reveal why you have hope in this tumultuous world.
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Proverbs 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

Under what circumstances should we fear the Lord? How might that feeling change as we get to know him better?

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Proverbs 9:10–11 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Knowing him and his perfect ways brings discernment.
With wisdom, your days will be better, and years will be added to your life.
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Proverbs 9:10–11 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

How does wisdom help social networking?

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Proverbs 9:12 If you are wise, you can enjoy blessings with others. But scoff at the truth, and you will suffer alone.
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Proverbs 9:12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

What is a woman ignorant of when she flaunts herself?

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Proverbs 9:13–15 Naïve and ignorant, a foolish woman flaunts herself, sitting outside the door of her house or in the town’s prominent places, inviting others who are passing by, minding their own business.
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Proverbs 9:13–15 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, To call passengers who go right on their ways:

What common sense is missing among those who are seduced?

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Proverbs 9:16–18 To those who lack common sense, she says, “Let the free-thinkers come to my house. Stolen water tastes sweet, and forbidden food eaten in secret is pleasant.”
Men have no idea that her seduction leads to death, that her guests will be buried in a deep grave.
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Proverbs 9:16–18 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.