Proverbs 9 The Voice (VOICE)
9 Lady Wisdom has built her house;
4 Lady Wisdom: Whoever is young and gullible, turn in here.
Then, turning to those who are naive, she says:
5 Lady Wisdom: Come in. Come, eat my bread,
7 Whoever tries to discipline a scoffer should expect a hail of insults in return.
11 Lady Wisdom: Through me your days will be lengthened,
12 If you are wise, wisdom is its own reward.
13 Compared to Wisdom, the Lady Folly is rowdy and loud,
Lady Wisdom has built a house, prepared a feast, and now invites the young, the simple, and the naive to come to her party. She wants her house full of guests and spilling over with life, yet hers is not the only invitation. There is competition in the streets. Another woman vies for the attention of the young and impressionable. She, too, wants her house full, but of deceit and seduction; and when it is, death and misery join the revelry.
Wisdom addresses a broad audience. First, there are the wise who already know and worship the one True God, who do what is right in God’s eyes, and who experience the resulting benefits. They need only to be reminded about God’s ways. Second, there are the mockers and fools who reject God’s teaching and consistently do what is wrong in spite of its consequences. They need to be confronted and called to change their ways. Finally, there are the naive who straddle the fence, one day going this way, another day going that way. Wisdom extends herself to reach them, to point clearly toward the decision they have to make.
15 Crooning to passersby
16 Lady Folly: Whoever is young and gullible, turn in here.
Then, she turns to the naive.
17 Lady Folly: Stolen water tastes so much sweeter!
18 But those who pause to listen to Lady Folly do not know death is the next stop,