GOD'S WORD® Translation
1Wisdom has built her house. She has carved out her seven pillars.
2She has prepared her meat. She has mixed her wine. She has set her table.
3She has sent out her servant girls. She calls from the highest places in the city,
4"Whoever is gullible turn in here!" She says to a person without sense,
5"Come, eat my bread, and drink the wine I have mixed.
6Stop being gullible and live. Start traveling the road to understanding."
7Whoever corrects a mocker receives abuse. Whoever warns a wicked person gets hurt.
8Do not warn a mocker, or he will hate you. Warn a wise person, and he will love you.
9Give [advice] to a wise person, and he will become even wiser. Teach a righteous person, and he will learn more.
10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. The knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11You will live longer because of me, and years will be added to your life.
12If you are wise, your wisdom will help you. If you mock, you alone will be held responsible.
13The woman Stupidity is loud, gullible, and ignorant.
14She sits at the doorway of her house. She is enthroned on the high ground of the city
15and calls to those who pass by, those minding their own business,
16"Whoever is gullible turn in here!" She says to a person without sense,
17"Stolen waters are sweet, and food eaten in secret is tasty."
18But he does not know that the souls of the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell.