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Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Wisdom has built a house and she has set seven pillars in it.
2And she has killed her sacrificial victim and she has mingled her wine and has prepared her table.
3And she has sent her Servants to call upon the hills and they will say:
4“Who is simple minded? Let him come to me, and whoever lacks his mind”; and I shall say to him:
5“Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine which I have mingled”
6“Put off from you the deficiency of your mind, and live, and agree with the way of uprightness.”
7To an evil person, discipline gives disgrace, and it rebukes the vice of the evil one.
8Do not rebuke an evil one, lest he hate you, but rebuke a wise one, for he will love you.
9Give opportunity to a wise man that again he may learn wisdom, and teach the righteous that he may progress beyond his teacher.
10The beginning of wisdom is the awe of Lord Jehovah and the knowledge of the Righteous Ones is understanding;
11Because by it, your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.
12My son, if you are wise, you are wise for yourself and for your friends, and if you will be evil, you alone will draw out your evils. The one who denies falsely, feeds on the winds and pursues a bird of the sky, for he has forsaken his service to travel in the desert without water, and from beside the path of his vineyard, and he forgets the trodden paths; he travels in thirst, and he will gather nothing!
13A woman deficient in mind is alluring and she knows no shame.
14She sits at the door of her house upon a high seat.
15She calls passers by in the way who go straight on their ways and she says:
16“Who is it that is simple? Let him come to me, and he that is deficient in his mind.” And one says to her:
17“Stolen waters are sweet, and secret bread is pleasant”,
18And he does not know that mighty men perish in her presence, and all that are summoned to her are in the depths of Sheol; but do not tarry in that place, and do not let your eye be caught by her, for so you should pass by the waters of strangers and the river of foreigners, and from the waters of foreigners you should not drink, so that many days and years of life will be added to you.