Proverbs 9
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The Way of Wisdom

(Ezra 4:6-16; Esther 1:1-9; Proverbs 1:1-7)

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1Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars.1Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars.1Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;1Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:1Wisdom has built her house; she has carved out her seven pillars.
2She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table.2She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table.2She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table;2She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.2She has prepared her meat; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table.
3She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city,3She has sent out her young women to call from the highest places in the town,3She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights of the city:3She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,3She has sent out her female servants; she calls out from the highest points of the city:"
4"Let all who are simple come to my house!" To those who have no sense she says,4“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks sense she says,4"Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks understanding she says,4Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,4Whoever is inexperienced, enter here!" To the one who lacks sense, she says,"
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5"Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed.5“Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.5"Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed.5Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.5Come, eat my bread, and drink the wine I have mixed.
6Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight."6Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”6"Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding."6Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.6Leave inexperience behind, and you will live; pursue the way of understanding.
7Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.7Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.7He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.7He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.7The one who corrects a mocker will bring dishonor on himself; the one who rebukes a wicked man will get hurt.
8Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.8Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.8Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you.8Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.8Don't rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
9Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.9Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.9Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.9Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.9Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will learn more."
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10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.11For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.11For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.11For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.11For by Wisdom your days will be many, 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, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.12If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.12If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.12If you are wise, you are wise for your own benefit; if you mock, you alone will bear the consequences."

The Way of Folly

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13Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing.13The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing.13The woman of folly is boisterous, She is naive and knows nothing.13A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.13The woman Folly is rowdy; she is gullible and knows nothing.
14She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city,14She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,14She sits at the doorway of her house, On a seat by the high places of the city,14For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,14She sits by the doorway of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way,15calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way,15Calling to those who pass by, Who are making their paths straight:15To call passengers who go right on their ways:15calling to those who pass by, who go straight ahead on their paths:"
16"Let all who are simple come to my house!" To those who have no sense she says,16“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” And to him who lacks sense she says,16"Whoever is naive, let him turn in here," And to him who lacks understanding she says,16Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,16Whoever is inexperienced, enter here!" To the one who lacks sense, she says,"
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17"Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!"17“Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”17"Stolen water is sweet; And bread eaten in secret is pleasant."17Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.17Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten secretly is tasty!"
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 know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.18But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of Sheol.18But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.18But he doesn't know that the departed spirits are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.



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