9:1 Wisdom hath built her a house, she hath hewn out her b
(a) Christ has prepared him a Church.
(b) That is, many chief supports and principal parts of his
Church, as were the patriarchs, prophets, apostles,
pastors and teachers.
9:2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mixed her wine; she
hath also c furnished her table.
(c) He compares wisdom with great princes who keep open
house for all who come.
9:3 She hath sent forth her d maidens: she crieth upon the
highest places of the city,
(d) Meaning, true preachers, who are not infected with man's
9:4 Whoever [is] e simple, let him turn in here: [as for] him
that lacketh understanding, she saith to him,
(e) He who knows his own ignorance, and is void of malice.
9:5 Come, eat of my f bread, and drink of the wine [which] I
(f) By meat and drink is meant the word of God, and the
ministration of the sacraments, by which God nourishes
his servants in his house which is the Church.
9:7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he
that rebuketh a wicked [man getteth] himself a g blot.
(g) For the wicked will contemn him and labour to defame
9:8 Reprove not a h scorner, lest he shall hate thee: rebuke a
wise man, and he will love thee.
(h) Meaning them who are incorrigible, which Christ calls
dogs and swine: or he speaks this in comparison, not
that the wicked should not be rebuked, but he shows
their malice, and the small hope of the profit.
9:10 The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the
knowledge of the Holy One [is] i understanding.
(i) He shows what true understanding is, to know the will
of God in his word which is meant by holy things.
9:12 If thou art wise, thou shalt be wise for k thyself: but
[if] thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear [it].
(k) You will have the chief profit and convenience of it.
9:13 A l foolish woman [is] clamorous: [she is] simple, and
(l) By the foolish woman, some understand the wicked
preachers, who counterfeit the word of God: as appears
in (Pr 9:16) which were the words of the true
preachers as in (Pr 9:4) but their doctrine is as
stolen waters: meaning that they are men's traditions,
which are more pleasant to the flesh than the word of
God, and therefore they themselves boast of it.