Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
pro 9:1Her house - For the reception of her guests. Seven - Many pillars; whereby is intimated the beauty and stability of the church. Pillars - Prophets, and apostles, and ministers.
pro 9:2Killed - Made provision for the guests. Mingled - With water, as they used to do in those hot countries. Furnished - With all necessaries, and now waits for the guests.
pro 9:3Maidens - Her servants to invite the guests, ministers of the word whom he calls maidens for the decency of the parable; for wisdom being compared to a great princess, was fit to be attended upon by maidens. Highest places - From such high seats as those from which judges delivered their sentences, and officers made proclamations.
pro 9:4Simple - Ignorant, and weak.
pro 9:7A former - He shews whom he meant by the foolish, Pro 9:6, even scorners and wicked men, and presses his last advice of forsaking them because there was no good, but hurt to be got from them.
pro 9:8A scorner - An obstinate and incorrigible sinner.
pro 9:12For thyself - Thou dost not profit me but thyself.
pro 9:14At the door - Watching for occasions of sin.
pro 9:15Go right - Who are going innocently about their business.
pro 9:16Simple - This title is not given them by her, but by Solomon.
pro 9:17Sweet - From the difficulty of obtaining them; and because the very prohibition renders them more grateful to corrupt nature.