Proverbs 9:5

Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
– Proverbs 9:5

There is reward for turning in to wisdom’s house. Her feast is enjoyable and satisfying. The baked bread and mingled wine are no light snack. This is the sort of feast that nourishes and brings rejoicing. So wisdom’s call is not vain nor her promises empty. The wise father has instructed the son that wisdom gives health to life (Proverbs 3:8; 4:22).

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Proverbs 9:2

She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
– Proverbs 9:2

Consistent with the teaching of wisdom, the hostess has thought ahead, considered, and prepared her feast. The meal pictured will be nutritious, delicious, and enjoyable. The words of wisdom are rich and palatable. Good food provides strength for the body and the teaching of wisdom provides strength for life. The mingling of wine refers primarily to mixing with spices to enhance and brighten the flavor profile. Fresh meat and a well-ordered table make for a meal that is an experience of beauty and goodness, not a utilitarian eating for subsistence. Thus it is with the words of wisdom to those who love them.

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