Proverbs 9 Commentary

Proverbs 9 Commentary

The story of the two women continues. Lady Wisdom and lady Wickedness.

Lady Wisdom has prepared a feast. She has posted her invitation publicly and on top of the highest point in the city. It cannot be mistaken.

It explains the nature of the gospel. It is open and available to all. Who hasn’t heard the inner voice of one calling for holiness? “Come out from them, and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”

On the other hand, is lady Wickedness. “Stolen water is sweeter,” she says. She is calling the ignorant – those who don’t know God, or those who don’t care about the consequences of their wickedness, the foolish ones. “Stolen bread tastes better,” she says.

“She sits at the door of her house or on a seat at the highest part of town.” Wickedness is both hidden and open. It is also a black box. The invitation is out there for all to see but it is also resident in the neighborhood. It is a public broadcast meant to catch men and women who care enough to listen. But it is also designed to catch men and women going about their own businesses. The net is wide.

Saying yes to lady Wickedness is saying yes to death. It’s like we are reading Genesis. Back in the Garden of peace and tranquility, lady Wickedness preached the same message. The forbidden fruit was better. But alas, there was death in it.

Lady Wisdom, translated as the LORD Jesus Christ by the New Testament, is calling one and all to the feast. It is the real one. There is life and not death. The mention of a feast at the table of the Messiah draws our attention to the joy of salvation. It is real.

The New Testament has expanded the menu on the Lord’s table. There is love, peace, and joy, among others as the fruit of the Holy Spirit. These are available to the wise, those with reverence for the LORD God.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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