The House that Wisdom Built: the 7 Pillars in Proverbs 8 & 9

Wisdom is calling you to understand ‘wisdom’ and be of an ‘understanding’ heart [Proverbs 8:4-5].

The fear of YHVH is the beginning of Wisdom: a good understanding have all those who do His commandments: His praise endures forever.~ Psalms 111:10

The fear of YHVH is the beginning of Wisdom: a good understanding have all those who do His commandments: His praise endures forever.~ Psalms 111:10


Wisdom speaks of excellent things, all righteous as spoken with the ‘opening of My lips’, from the very breath of Yehovah through His Spirit [v.6].

All the words of My mouth shall speak truth [emet, in Hebrew]; and wickedness is an abomination to My lips [v.7]

All the words of My mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing perverted, or perverse in them [v.8].

Wisdom’s words are “plain” to him who understands, and right to them that find knowledge [v.9]. So one must first understand or have their eyes and ears and hearts open only by the very Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit of Yehovah. There is no true understanding nor knowledge without first receiving the “discipline and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold [v.10]”.

I, Wisdom, dwell with insight, and find out knowledge and foresight [v.12].

“The fear of YHVH” with reverence, worship, and awe is central; the things Yehovah loves, we love; the things He hates become things we object to also: evil, pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverted mouth, “that do I hate” [v.13].

Counsel is Mine, and sound wisdom: I AM understanding; I have strength [v.14].

By Wisdom, kings reign, and rulers decree righteousness. By wisdom rulers, nobles and judges rule [v.15 & 16].
WISDOM in Hebrew = “chokmah” skillful, wisely, with wit in a good sense ; from “chaw-kam“, to be wise, in mind, work or action.
“Chochmah” is feminine in the Hebrew. Wisdom, in the plural, is “chochmot”. Wisdom is referred to as “she” as in “her house”. Men should love “wisdom” as “she” reigns!

I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me [v.17].

Why seek Wisdom? Wisdom says, “Riches and honor are with Me, durable and righteous My fruit is better than fine gold and choice silver. I lead in the paths of righteousness and justice. I cause those that love Me to inherit substance and fill their treasures. [v.18-21]

As the Son of Yehovah who descends into humanity to sanctify the world, Wisdom was with Yehovah from before the Beginning or Beresheet [see John 1:1] and dwells in us as “she” builds the house.

Yehovah possessed Me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I [Wisdom] was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth was. When there were no depths [abyss, see Genesis 1:2], I [Wisdom] was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with waters [prior to the downfall of man and his need for “wells of Salvation (Yeshua)”, Isaiah 12:3]. ~ Proverbs 8:22-24]

And if it seems evil to you to serve YHVH, chose this day whom you will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve YHVH.~ Joshua 24:15

And if it seems evil to you to serve YHVH, chose this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve YHVH.~ Joshua 24:15

>Wisdom was brought forth before the mountains, the hills, the earth, and the fields , “the highest part of the dust of the world “[v.25 & 26].

When He prepared the heavens, I was there; when He set the compass [for direction, “magnetic” North, East to the right] upon the face of the depth: When He established the clouds above: When He strengthened the fountains of the deep: When He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not pass His commandment: When He appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him: and I was daily His delight, having gladness always before Him…and My delights were with the sons of men [v.27-31].

Wisdom says , “Listen to Me…[v.32”]! “How happy are they who guard My ways. Hear discipline, and be wise, and refuse it not [v.33]!

Happy is the man who listens to Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors [v.34]

For whoever finds Me finds life [chayim], and shall obtain favor from YHVH [v.35]

WARNING:

“But he that sins against Me wrongs his own being: all they that hate Me love death [v.36]”!

Yeshua the Messiah says, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life: he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live [John 11:25]”.

Woe to those seeing themselves as wise, esteeming themselves as clever~ Isaiah 5:21

Woe to those who think they are wise and regard themselves as clever? Is there “good” wisdom , “better and best”?

James 3:17 But the WISDOM that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere.

But the "chochmah" that is from above is 1st perfect, then full of shalom [peace, blessing, health, wellness, wholeness], gentle, and ready to obey, full of rachamim [mercies], and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.~ Ya'akov-James 3:17 [RSTNE]

But the “chochmah” that is from above is 1st perfect, then full of shalom [peace, blessing, health, wellness, wholeness], gentle, and ready to obey, full of rachamim [mercies], and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.~ Ya’akov-James 3:17 [RSTNE]

WISDOM: PURE—> PEACE-LOVING—>CONSIDERATE—>SUBMISSIVE—>MERCIFULL—>GOOD FRUIT—>SINCERITY

I, WISDOM, dwell together with prudence, I possess knowledge and discretion;

To fear the LORD is to hate evil;

I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech,

Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power. [Proverbs 8:12-14]

PRUDENCE in Hebrew is “‘ormah“, discretion, guile [in a good sense], subtlety, wilily and wisdom.
PILLAR in Hebrew is “‘ammuwd“, a column, stand, platform , from the verb “‘aw-mad”, to stand, abide behind, appoint, ordain, arise, dwell or raise up.

WISDOM abides with [PRUDENCE] —> [KNOWLEDGE] and [DISCRETION];
[FEAR OF YHVH] = hate evil pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech! =
[HUMILITY] and [ETHICS] –> [COUNSEL] and [SOUND JUDGEMENT] —> [INSIGHT] and [POWER]

This “pure” WISDOM dwells with PRUDENCE leading us to KNOWLEDGE and DISCRETION; however, FEAR OR REVERANCE OF YHVH in us arises to actually “hate” the sin, but of course, love the “sinner”! Pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech will become “a bad taste” which we will want to spit out! ETHICS with HUMILITY allows COUNSEL and STRONG JUDGEMENT to guide our behavior. We then have great INSIGHT and POWER in His Holy Spirit [RUACH HAKODESH] as we are led by Him.

Proverbs 9:1 WISDOM hath built her house, and carved out her 7 pillars.

Does not Wisdom call? and understanding lift her voice? ~ Proverbs 8:1 Wisdom has built her house; she has cut out it 7 pillars ~ Proverbs 9:1

Does not Wisdom call? and understanding lift her voice? ~ Proverbs 8:1
Wisdom has built her house; she has cut out it 7 pillars ~ Proverbs 9:1

WISDOM builds ‘herself’ places to abide. Her foundation includes 7 pillars: these 7 [ the # of perfection] : [INSTRUCTION] [KNOWLEDGE] [HUMILITY] [FEAR OF YHVH] [INSIGHT] [SOUND JUDGEMENT] [COUNSEL]. This is where she will abide.

7 pillars

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever.~ Daniel 12:3

Many shall be purified, and made white through Tribulation; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the WISE shall understand.~ Daniel 12:10

Be wise and get “Wisdom”; let “her” build her house in you; be happy! Shalom in Yeshua who is Wisdom! known also as “the Word” or “the Living Torah” and also ” Memra”.
My prayer is that all read, contemplate, chew, meditate on this word. His [INSTRUCTION]–> [KNOWLEDGE]–> [HUMILITY]–> [FEAR OF YHVH]–> [INSIGHT]–> [SOUND JUDGEMENT]–> [COUNSEL]. This is where POWER and GLORY abide .

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Are You a Pot for Service? – Washing of Regeneration 4

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    ” Have mercy on me O Elohim“, did David (~loving) plead , in Psalm 51.  “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” David, as King of Israel, was reprimanded by the prophet Nathan (~given) for not committing adultery with Bat-sheva{daughter of oath} (2 Samuel 12), but for murder of Uriyah, her husband, by placing him in the front of the enemy’s line . David recognized his original sin , also, and  repented for it and looked to YHWH as the One who pardons sin. “According to Your loving kindness (chesed) and the multitude of Your tender mercies (rachamim, plural, ongoing).  “See, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother (eema) conceive me. ” (Psalm 51:1, 2, 5) David said to Natan, ” I have sinned against YHWH”, and Natan said to David, “YHWH also has taken away your sin. You will not die”. (2Sam 12: 13)

      “Purge me with hyssop (unknown, might be marjoram or caper plant, azaf), and I shall be clean: wash (kabas) me, and I shall be whiter than snow. “(v.7)  Interesting is that hyssop, an unknown, is recorded in Exodus 12:22 as the way to apply the blood of the Lamb on the doorposts, and the way “vinegar mingered with gall (bile or poison)”(Mt:27:34) was administered to a ‘thirsty’ Jesus on the execution stake. Then He said His last word, “kala(in Greek, “it is finished“, but in Hebrew it can also mean “bride“, crying for His Bride, with Israel on His mind! ){John 19: 29,30}  The Levite priest is ordered by YHWH  to burn the red heifer, ( Numbers 19), and uses hyssop , cedarwood, and scarlet(shaniy tola~crimson grub/worm){v.6}, to cast them into the midst of the burning of the heifer. 

     The priest is then told to wash(~kabas) his clothes in mayim (waters) and bathe his body in mayim.  Also a clean man gathered the ashes and laid them outside of the camp in a clean place: the ashes were symbolic,” to be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for the water of separation: it is for purification from sin.” (v.9) The Hebrew word ‘kabas‘ is to wash by the stamping of feet like the pressing of grapes!  It also means to trample!  When David said to wash him thoroughly, he knew the only way to be clean before YHWH was to subdue or trample the kingdoms of s.a.tan: fight lust, pride, arrogance, covetedness, jealousy, envy , self-righteousness,  and all else not of  YHWH.

     From 1947 to 1952 in cliff caves of Qumran, known as the West Bank in Israel, 900 scrolls with thousands of fragments ,along with jars, pots and ritual baths ( miqvahs) were found .  This dry plateau has been identified with the sect of Jews known as Essenes, from 200 BCE to  70AD, separated,  ascetically living the ways of YHWH, sanctifying and purifying according to Levitical law.  Pots held not only water, but also the testimony, the presence of YHWH, the bread of Heaven. (Exodus 16:33 & Hebrews 9: 4) By the time of Jesus of Nazareth, the call of the “poor, in spirit”, were known as Nazarenes believing the Messiah of the line of David. There was also in Jerusalem the Essene Quarter with the Essene Gate.

     Yeshua Ha Natzirite (naziyr: separate, consecrated, unpruned vine or Branch, as in Isaiah, and prince ) called out to Sha’ul (asked, inquired)~Apostle Paul, as he traveled outside Jerusalem toward Damascus.  At noon, a brilliant light from Heaven flashed and Sha’ul fell to the ground, blinded by the epiphany .  Hananyah ( Yah has favored)~ Ananias, an observant follower of the Torah, and highly regarded by the entire Jewish community, possibly an Essene, came to Sha’ul and prayed for sight. At that moment Sha’ul could see, Hananyah said, ” …know His will, see the Righteous (Yeshua), and hear His voice; because you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard. So now, what are you waiting for? Get up, immerse yourself and have your sins washed away as you call on His Name.” ( Acts 16: 6-16) Immerse is the Greek word baptizo or fully wet , from bapto, to cover wholly.  Wash is the Greek word apolouo, to wash fully, wash away, have remitted. 

      The jailer in Acts 16:29 -33 called for the light as Sha’ul shouted to him in the earthquake not to kill himself.  The jailer fell down before Sha’ul, asking what must he do to be saved? ” Believe on the Master Yeshua ha Moshiach, and you will be saved, and also your house(hold). The jailer was given the good news or gospel of Jesus.  The jailer responded by washing their wounds, and was immersed himself, he and all his family, right away! Notice no name given to the jailer, representing what each of us must do to be saved!

     So, what about the pots of service?  A pot is empty until filled. It is your choice with what to fill it . In the examples above we see people who made choices to be a vessel for YHWH.Will you be filled and overflowing, as the woman in 2 Kings 4 who would receive as long as she could present empty containers?  When there were no more empty vessels, the oil stopped flowing.  Will you be a clean empty pot or unclean?

 “That He might set it apart and cleanse it with the washing of mayim by the word, that He migh present it to Himself…holy and without blame.” ( Ephesians 5: 26-27)

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercies He saved us, by the washing of regeneration and the renewing work of the Holy Spirit.”    ( Titus 3:5)

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