Proverbs, Chapter 9

Wisdom has built her house; she has carved out her seven pillars;

she has killed her beasts; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table.

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She has sent out her young women; she cries upon the highest places of the city,

The simple one, let him turn in here. [To one] lacking heart, she says to him,

Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.

Forsake the foolish and live; and go in the way of understanding.

One rebuking a scorner gets shame to himself; and one rebuking a wicked one [gets] himself a blemish.

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Do not reprove a scorner, lest he hate you; give to a wise man, and he will love you.

Give to a wise one, and he will be still wiser; teach a just one, and he will increase in learning.

The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.

For by Me your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall he increased.

If you are wise, you shall be wise for yourself; but [if] you scorn, you alone shall bear [it].

A foolish woman [is] noisy; she [is] simple and knows nothing.

For she sits at the door of her house, in a seat in the high places of the city,

to call those who pass by, who are going straight [on] their ways;

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The simple one, let him turn in here. And to one lacking heart, she says to him,

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Stolen waters are sweet, and bread [eaten] in secret is pleasant.

But he does not know that the dead [are] there; her guests [are] in the depths of hell.

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