Proverbs 9
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The Way of Wisdom
(Ezra 4:6-16; Esther 1:1-9; Proverbs 1:1-7)

1Wisdom has built her house;

she has carved outa her seven pillars.

2She has prepared her meat; she has mixed her wine;

she has also set her table.

3She has sent out her maidservants;

she calls out from the heights of the city:

4“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”

To him who lacks judgment she says:

5“Come, eat my bread,

and drink the wine I have mixed.

6Leave your folly behind, and you will live;

walk in the way of understanding.”

7He who corrects a mocker will bring shame on himself;

he who rebukes a wicked man will be tainted.

8Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;

rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

9Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still;

teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning.

10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,

and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

11For through wisdomb your days will be multiplied,

and years will be added to your life.

12If you are wise, you are wise to your own advantage;

but if you scoff, you alone will bear the consequences.

The Way of Folly

13The woman named Folly is loud;

she is naive and knows nothing.

14She sits at the door of her house,

on a seat in the heights of the city,

15calling to those who pass by,

who make their paths straight:

16“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”

To him who lacks judgment she says:

17“Stolen water is sweet,

and bread eaten in secret is tasty!”

18But they do not know that the deadc are there,

that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

Footnotes:

1 a Hebrew; LXX, Syriac and Targum has set up
11 b LXX, Syriac and Targum; Hebrew through me
18 c Hebrew Rephaim

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