Proverbs 9
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1Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars.1Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out her seven pillars.
2She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set 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 servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city,3She has sent out her young women, while calling out from the heights of the city,
4"Let all who are simple come to my house!" To those who have no sense she says,4"Let whoever is na´ve, turn in here." To anyone lacking sense, she says,
5"Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed.5"Come! Eat my food, and drink the wine that I have mixed.
6Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight."6Leave your na´ve ways, and live. Walk in the path of understanding."
7Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.7Whoever corrects a mocker invites only insult, and whoever rebukes the wicked will himself become stained.
8Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.8Don't rebuke a mocker or he will hate you. Rebuke a wise person, and he will love you.
9Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.9Counsel a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will add to his learning.
10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.10The fear of the LORD is where wisdom begins, and knowing holiness demonstrates understanding.
11For through wisdom 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, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.12If you are wise, your wisdom will assist you. If you mock, you alone will be held responsible.
13Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing.13The foolish woman is loud, undisciplined, and without knowledge.
14She 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 pass by, who go straight on their way,15She calls out to those passing by on the road, who are minding their own business,
16"Let all who are simple come to my house!" To those who have no sense she says,16"Whoever is na´ve, turn in here!" And to anyone lacking sense, she says,
17"Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!"17"Stolen waters are sweet, and food eaten in secret is delicious."
18But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.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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