Proverbs 9:3
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New International Version
She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city,

New Living Translation
She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come. She calls out from the heights overlooking the city.

English Standard Version
She has sent out her young women to call from the highest places in the town,

New American Standard Bible
She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights of the city:

King James Bible
She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She has sent out her female servants; she calls out from the highest points of the city:"

International Standard Version
She has sent out her young women, while calling out from the heights of the city,

NET Bible
She has sent out her female servants; she calls out on the highest places of the city.

New Heart English Bible
She has sent out her maidens. She cries from the highest places of the city:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And she has sent her Servants to call upon the hills and they will say:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She has sent out her servant girls. She calls from the highest places in the city,

JPS Tanakh 1917
She hath sent forth her maidens, she calleth, Upon the highest places of the city:

New American Standard 1977
She has sent out her maidens, she calls
            From the tops of the heights of the city:

Jubilee Bible 2000
She has sent forth her maidens; she cries upon the highest places of the city,

King James 2000 Bible
She has sent forth her maidens: she cries upon the highest places of the city,

American King James Version
She has sent forth her maidens: she cries on the highest places of the city,

American Standard Version
She hath sent forth her maidens; She crieth upon the highest places of the city:

Douay-Rheims Bible
She hath sent her maids to invite to the tower, and to the walls of the city:

Darby Bible Translation
she hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the summits of the high places of the city,

English Revised Version
She hath sent forth her maidens, she crieth upon the highest places of the city,

Webster's Bible Translation
She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,

World English Bible
She has sent out her maidens. She cries from the highest places of the city:

Young's Literal Translation
She hath sent forth her damsels, She crieth on the tops of the high places of the city:
Study Bible
The Way of Wisdom
2She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table; 3She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights of the city: 4"Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks understanding she says,…
Cross References
Matthew 22:3
He sent his servants to call those he had invited to the banquet, but they refused to come.

Psalm 68:11
The Lord gives the command; The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host:

Proverbs 1:20
Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square;

Proverbs 8:1
Does not wisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice?

Proverbs 8:2
On top of the heights beside the way, Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;

Proverbs 9:14
She sits at the doorway of her house, On a seat by the high places of the city,
Treasury of Scripture

She has sent forth her maidens: she cries on the highest places of the city,

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Matthew 22:3,4,9 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the …

Luke 11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets …

Luke 14:17,21-23 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, …

Luke 8:1-3 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village…

John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, …

John 18:20 Jesus answered him, I spoke openly to the world; I ever taught in …

(3) She hath sent forth her maidens.--Wisdom being here described under the figure of a woman, is properly represented as attended by her maidens, whom she sends forth to summon the guests. But the King (Matthew 22) despatches His servants for the same work, viz., His prophets and wise men and scribes (Matthew 23:34), whom from age to age He sends forth as His messengers.

She crieth upon the highest places of the city--so that all may hear. (Comp. our Lord's command to proclaim His message "upon the housetops," Matthew 10:27).

Verse 3. - She hath sent forth her maidens, as in Matthew 22:3, to call them that were bidden to the feast. The Septuagint has τοὺς ἑαυτῆς δούλους, "her servants," but the Authorized Version is correct, and feminine attendants are in strict harmony with the rest of the apologue. By them are represented the apostles and preachers and ministers, who go forth to win souls for Christ. St. Gregory sees in their being called "maidens" an intimation that they are in themselves weak and abject, and are only useful and honoured as being the mouthpiece of their Lord ('Moral.,' 33:33). She crieth upon the highest places of the city, where her voice could best be heard, as in Proverbs 8:2; Matthew 10:27. She is not satisfied with delegating her message to others; she delivers it herself. Septuagint, "calling with a loud proclamation to the cup (ἐπὶ κρατῆρα);" Vulgate, Misit ancillas suas ut vocarent ad arcem et ad moenia civitatis, "She has sent her handmaids to invite to the citadel, and to the wails of the town." On which rendering St. Gregory comments, "In that while they tell of the interior life, they lift us up to the high walls of the city above, which same walls, surely, except any be humble, they do not ascend" ('Moral.,' 17:43). She hath sent forth her maidens,.... Not moral virtues, or good works, which subserve the interest of Christ and religion, adorn the Gospel and its professors; nor the liberal arts and sciences, said to be handmaids to divinity; nor angels, ministering spirits to Christ; but the ministers of the Gospel, who being so called does not suppose or encourage women's preaching; but have the name to keep up the decency of the parable, and the propriety of the allegory: for since Wisdom is represented as a lady, a princess or queen, it is proper that her attendants should be maidens, or that she should employ such in inviting her guests; as Rebekah, Pharaoh's daughter, Esther, and others, are said to have their maidens to wait upon them: and besides, it very fitly expresses the character of Gospel ministers; as that they are the servants of Christ, followers of him, obsequious to him, humble and modest, incorrupt in doctrine, pure in conversation, and whose voice is soft, pleasant, and delightful: being not the rough voice of the law, but the still, small, musical voice of the Gospel; a voice of love, grace, and mercy; of peace, pardon, and righteousness, liberty, life, and salvation; very charming, alluring, and drawing. These Christ has a property in; he chooses and calls them, and fits them for his service; and they give up themselves to him, and willingly engage in it. And these he "sends forth": from him they have their mission and commission to preach the Gospel; to invite persons to the Gospel feast, to partake of the provisions he has made: he sends them forth publicly into the world, into all places where his people are, into the streets and lanes; yea, to the hedges and highways, to invite, and even to compel them to come in. And this supposes superiority in him, and authority given to them;

she crieth upon the high places of the city; this is to be understood of the preaching of the Gospel, both by Christ himself in person, in the city of Jerusalem, in the temple, and other public places; and by his ministers, and by him speaking in them there or elsewhere; and which is not a mere whisper, but a cry, a proclamation made aloud, and to be delivered with fervency and earnestness: the "city" may mean the church of God, and the "highest places" the ordinances thereof; and may in general denote the publicness of them; which are in the church, as the wings or pinnacles of the higher parts or buildings of a city are in that, as the word (l) signifies.

(l) "super alas"; Montanus, so Ben Melech; "super pinnis", Piscator, Amama; "in pinnnaculis": Cocceius; "super convexitatibas", Schultens. 3. maidens—servants to invite (compare Ps 68:11; Isa 40:9).

highest places—ridges of heights, conspicuous places.9:1-12 Christ has prepared ordinances to which his people are admitted, and by which nourishment is given here to those that believe in him, as well as mansions in heaven hereafter. The ministers of the gospel go forth to invite the guests. The call is general, and shuts out none that do not shut out themselves. Our Saviour came, not to call the righteous, but sinners; not the wise in their own eyes, who say they see. We must keep from the company and foolish pleasures of the ungodly, or we never can enjoy the pleasures of a holy life. It is vain to seek the company of wicked men in the hope of doing them good; we are far more likely to be corrupted by them. It is not enough to forsake the foolish, we must join those that walk in wisdom. There is no true wisdom but in the way of religion, no true life but in the end of that way. Here is the happiness of those that embrace it. A man cannot be profitable to God; it is for our own good. Observe the shame and ruin of those who slight it. God is not the Author of sin: and Satan can only tempt, he cannot force. Thou shalt bear the loss of that which thou scornest: it will add to thy condemnation.
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