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1.8–9.18 : Instruction in Wisdom.

These chapters contain mostly long poems, in contrast to the short proverbial sayings of chs 10–29 .

9.1–18 : Wisdom invites the unwise,

or simple, to her banquet (vv. 1–6 ), but the foolish woman also seeks their attention (vv. 13–18 ). Between the invitations are aphorisms about scoffers and the wise (vv. 7–12 ).

1 :

The seven pillars of her house may allude to the pillars on which the earth was founded (Job 9.6; 26.11; Ps 75.3; cf. 8.29–30 ).

2 :

Wine was sometimes mixed with spices.

5 :

Cf. Sir 24.19; 51.23–30 .

10 :

Cf. 1.7 .

17 :

Stolen water…bread, probably veiled references to illicit sex (see 5.15–17; Sir 23.17 ).

18 :

Like the “strange woman” of ch 7 , the foolish woman is associated with death. Sheol, 1.12n.

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