|Proverbs 9 |
1 Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars.1
2 She has killed her animals [for meat]; she has mingled her wine; she has also furnished her table.
3 She has sent forth her maidens; she cries upon the highest places of the city,
4 "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here." As for him who lacks understanding, she said to him,
5 "Come, eat my [spiritual] bread, and drink of the [spiritual] wine that I have mingled.2
6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding."
7 He that reproves a scorner [or mocker] receives abuse in return; and he that rebukes a wicked man receives a blow in return.
8 Do not reprove a scorner [or mocker], for he will hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For by me your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.
12 If you are wise, you shall be wise for yourself; but if you scorn, you alone shall bear the penalty.
13 A foolish woman is loud; she naively embraces evil, and knows nothing.3
14 For she sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
15 To call to passers-by who are going right in their ways:
16 "Whoever is simple-minded, let him turn in here;" and as for him that lacks understanding, she said to him,
17 "Stolen water (pleasures) are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant."
18 But he does not know that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
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1 She has hewn out her seven pillars supporting her house. The [seven] spirits of the LORD shall rest upon him [Jesus], the spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, reverential fear, and obedient fear of the LORD. Isa 11:2.
2 Come, eat my [spiritual] bread, and drink of the [spiritual] wine that I have mingled. Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters, and he who has no money, come, buy and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Isaiah 55:1. Do not labor not for food which perishes, but for the food, which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give to you: for God the Father has authorized and certified him with his seal. John 6:27. I am the bread of life...the words I speak to you are Spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:48,63. His words that he speaks to us impart the life of God to us and are engrafted into our hearts; and since Jesus is the life of God, His spoken words form Jesus within us, until finally He is resurrected in us to be our true Lord, ruling our thoughts, words, and deeds.]
3 Thus enters the counterfeit of wisdom, the false church, the Whore of Babylon. She naively embraces evil, and knows nothing. She promises understanding, but gives nothing but lies. She shares her bed with the world; embracing possessions, wealth, covetousness, power, sexual pleasures, elegant furnishing, pride, an overabundance of food, much idleness, prestigious clothing, grand buildings like castles, etc. She promises you wisdom, understanding, God's approval, and eternal life — without any requirement for change in your life, without any discipline, without any reform, without any restraint of your lusts and passions — all she asks is your loyalty and financial support. Give her that, and she will assure you that you are one of God's favorites, destined for wealth, on your way to heaven, and with no need to do anything except celebrate your salvation. But all her promises are like the lying promises of a whore — which she is — constantly committing adultery with the world. But she is grand, living in magnificent buildings, richly furnished, with music, choirs, music directors, organs, rock and roll bands, candelabras, chandeliers, beamed ceilings, stone archways, stained glass windows, entertainments, food, social gatherings, people dressed in rich clothing, etc. This whore and her whore master, the beast with horns like a lamb and many names of blasphemy, tells you that Jesus loves you just like you are: a slave to sin; it doesn't matter, he will be your excuse, you need do nothing except go through a few rituals and ceremonies periodically. No need to change your heart, no need to repent, no need to give to the poor — give to her, so she can maintain her rich lifestyle and make you proud to be a member of her prestigious, admired-by-the-world assembly.
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