Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars; she has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table; she has sent out her maidens, she calls from the tops of the heights of the city: Whoever is naive, let him turn in here! To him who lacks understanding she says, come eat of my food and drink of the wine I have mixed. Forsake your folly and live, and proceed in the way of understanding.
In the previous note it has been noticed that the verb tense of the action is all past. Wisdom has accomplished something. Now notice what she has done.
built her house
Wisdom accomplishes something. There are results when wisdom is in play. It is not all hopes, ideas, and potential. This section tells us that if we want to find wisdom, we must look to those groups, organizations, and people who have actually accomplished something. You will find some wisdom there.
Saying that wisdom has built her house also implies that the choices wisdom dictates are personal in nature. “Her” implies this. The use of the metaphor “house” would suggest that besides actual accomplishment, it is a place for storage of wealth and possessions and the development of relationships. Wisdom is not alone. It builds a place of relational wealth. Notice the Scriptures do not say that wisdom has built a bank or a productive field or a city but a house. The choices that wisdom dictates build personal and relational wealth. If you think you have been wise and you end up at the end of a thing alone and with nothing, then you have not been wise.
The great danger in our day and age is that people are being extraordinarily selfish in their choices. It often leaves them alone and without anyone who cares and with all their wealth having been spent on selfish pursuits.
Most today are not trying to build a place where they can dwell in peace with many relational blessings around them and a storage of material blessings also. Most people today have forgotten that if you have lots of money and power but you do not have loving relationships, then you have nothing. If you want to be wise, then build a life full of great relationships that emanate from the home. Don’t be a fool and try and be successful at work and with money and in society with no foundation at home.
A house is a place to dwell. It is also at that time a place to do business.
hewn out her seven pillars
Seven pillars suggests that this house is a very large house and spacious with room for lots of people and goods. It also could suggest that this house is a complete house. Wisdom has not left it incomplete.
Hewn out would suggest that the house is the subject of some serious construction with the finest materials. It is not just thrown together.
* This material is copyrighted © by Gil Stieglitz who retains all rights to the material. The verses quoted are taken from the NASB Bible 1995 edition.