Proverbs 9

1Wisdom has built a house for herself, and set up seven pillars. 2She has killed her beasts; she has mingled her wine in a bowl, and prepared her table. 3She has sent forth her servants, calling with a loud proclamation to the feast, saying, 4Whoever is foolish, let him turn aside to me: and to them that want understanding she says, 5Come, eat of my bread, and drink wine which I have mingled for you. 6Forsake folly, that you may reign forever; and seek wisdom, and improve understanding by knowledge. 7He that reproves evil men shall get dishonor to himself, and he that rebukes an ungodly man shall disgrace himself. 8Rebuke not evil men, lest they should hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. 9Give an opportunity to a wise man, and he will be wiser: instruct a just man, and he will receive more instruction. 10The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the counsel of saints is understanding: 10!Afor to know the law is the character of a sound mind. 11For in this way you shall live long, and years of your life shall be added to you. 12Son, if you are wise for yourself, you shall also be wise for your neighbors; and if you should prove wicked, you alone will bear the evil. 12!AHe that stays himself upon falsehoods, attempts to rule the winds, and the same will pursue birds in their fight: 12!Bfor he has forsaken the ways of his own vineyard, and he has caused the axles of his own cart to go astray; 12!Cand he goes through a dry desert, and a land appointed to drought, and he gathers barrenness with his hands. 13A foolish and bold woman, who knows not modesty, comes to want a morsel. 14She sits at the doors of her house, on a seat openly in the streets, 15calling to passers by, and to those that are going right on their ways; 16saying, Whoever is the most senseless of you, let him turn aside to me; and I exhort those that want prudence, saying, 17Take and enjoy secret bread, and the sweet water of theft. 18But he knows that mighty men die by her, and he falls in with a snare of hell. 18!ABut hasten away, do not delay in the place, neither fix your eye upon her; 18!Bfor thus shall you go through strange water; 18!Cbut abstain from strange water, and do not drink from a strange fountain, 18!Dthat you may live long, and years of life may be added to you.
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