Proverbs 9:1That is, many chief stays and principal parts of his Church, as were the Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Pastors, and Doctors.
Proverbs 9:2He compareth wisdom with great princes that keep open house for all that come.
Proverbs 9:3Meaning, true preachers, which are not infected with man’s wisdom.
Proverbs 9:4He that knoweth his own ignorance, and is void of malice.
Proverbs 9:5By the meat and drink, is meant the word of God, and the ministration of the Sacraments, whereby God nourisheth his servants in his house, which is the Church.
Proverbs 9:7For the wicked will contemn him and labor to defame him.
Proverbs 9:8Meaning them that are incorrigible, which Christ calleth dogs and swine: or he speaketh this in comparison, not that the wicked should not be rebuked, but he showeth their malice, and the small hope of profit.
Proverbs 9:10He showeth what true understanding is, to know the will of God in his word which is meant by holy things.
Proverbs 9:12Thou shalt have the chief profit and commodity thereof.
Proverbs 9:13By the foolish woman, some understand the wicked preachers, who counterfeit the word of God: as appeareth verse 16, which were the words of the true preachers, as verse 4, but their doctrine is but as stolen waters: meaning, that they are but men’s traditions, which are more pleasant to the flesh than the word of God, and therefore they themselves boast thereof.
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