Proverbs 9
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1Wisdom has built her house; she has carved out its seven pillars. 1Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out her seven pillars.
2She has prepared her meat, she has mixed her wine; she also has arranged her table. 2She has prepared her food, she has spiced her wine, and she also has set her dining table.
3She has sent out her female servants; she calls out on the highest places of the city. 3She has sent out her young women, while calling out from the heights of the city,
4"Whoever is naive, let him turn in here," she says to those who lack understanding. 4"Let whoever is na´ve, turn in here." To anyone lacking sense, she says,
5"Come, eat some of my food, and drink some of the wine I have mixed. 5"Come! Eat my food, and drink the wine that I have mixed.
6Abandon your foolish ways so that you may live, and proceed in the way of understanding." 6Leave your na´ve ways, and live. Walk in the path of understanding."
7Whoever corrects a mocker is asking for insult; whoever reproves a wicked person receives abuse. 7Whoever corrects a mocker invites only insult, and whoever rebukes the wicked will himself become stained.
8Do not reprove a mocker or he will hate you; reprove a wise person and he will love you. 8Don't rebuke a mocker or he will hate you. Rebuke a wise person, and he will love you.
9Give instruction to a wise person, and he will become wiser still; teach a righteous person and he will add to his learning. 9Counsel a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will add to his learning.
10The beginning of wisdom is to fear the LORD, and acknowledging the Holy One is understanding. 10The fear of the LORD is where wisdom begins, and knowing holiness demonstrates understanding.
11For because of me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. 11For because of me you will live a long life, and years will be added to your life.
12If you are wise, you are wise to your own advantage, but if you are a mocker, you alone must bear it. 12If you are wise, your wisdom will assist you. If you mock, you alone will be held responsible.
13The woman called Folly is brash, she is naive and does not know anything. 13The foolish woman is loud, undisciplined, and without knowledge.
14So she sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, 14She sits at the entrance of her house, on a seat high above the city.
15calling out to those who are passing by her in the way, who go straight on their way. 15She calls out to those passing by on the road, who are minding their own business,
16"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here," she says to those who lack understanding. 16"Whoever is na´ve, turn in here!" And to anyone lacking sense, she says,
17"Stolen waters are sweet, and food obtained in secret is pleasant!" 17"Stolen waters are sweet, and food eaten in secret is delicious."
18But they do not realize that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave. 18But he does not realize that the dead lurk there, and her invited guests wind up in the depths of Sheol.
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