Listening to Woman Wisdom encompasses the qualities of experience, knowledge, and good judgment. The Old Testament book of Proverbs, which sometimes invokes a Woman as the personification of Wisdom, is a collection of aphorisms and moral teachings. Along with other biblical passages, it teaches, "The fear of the... leads to life; listening to Woman Folly means death.
Continuing with the theme of chapter 8, here are two contrasting pictures of Woman Wisdom and Woman Folly. Those who listen to the call of Woman Wisdom find life (v. 6); those who listen to Woman Folly end up as guests in the depths of In the Hebrew Bible Sheol was the place where people, both good and bad, went when they died. While it was a place that might cause sorrow and anguish, it was not necessarily a cause for despair, for, as the psalmist said, God was even... (v. 18)! In between these two pictures is a restatement of the theme sounded in 1:7, this time with benefits of finding wisdom added (vv. 10-12).