New Defender's Study Bible Notes
9:1 her house. The house built by “Wisdom” is described as having seven strong pillars. That built by Folly is seated in the high places of the city (Proverbs 9:14), the location of idol worship.
9:1 seven pillars. The “seven pillars” of wisdom, on which the stable and beautiful house of true faith is established, probably are reflected in the seven attributes of heavenly wisdom listed in James 3:17.
9:10 beginning of wisdom. Compare Proverbs 1:7.
9:18 dead are there. In keeping with the figure, the spiritually dead frequent the house of folly, with its alien religion, and eventually descend into the depths of “hell” (Hebrew sheol, the place of the spirits of the unsaved dead).
9:18 depths of hell. This is the third warning in the first section of Proverbs (chapters 1–9) that consorting with harlots may well lead to hell (Hebrew sheol, the tentative abode of the spirits of the lost). See Proverbs 5:5; 7:27.