Proverbs 9

CHAPTER 9

Benefits of Wisdom

Wisdom built to herself a house, and she propped up [2columns 1seven]. She slew the things for herself which are offered in sacrifices; she mixed into a basin wine for herself, and she prepared a table for herself. She sent her own servants, calling together with high proclamation, upon a basin, saying, Whosoever is a fool, turn aside to me! And to the ones lacking of sense, she said, Come eat of my bread loaves, and drink wine which I mixed for you! Cease folly! and you shall live. And seek intelligence! that you should spend life. And keep straight [2by 3knowledge 1understanding]! The one correcting evil men shall take on himself dishonor; and in reproving, the impious scoffs at himself. Do not reprove evil men! so that they should not detest you. Reprove a wise man! and he shall love you. Give to a wise man opportunity! and he will be wiser; make things known to a just man! and he shall proceed to receive more. 10 The beginning of wisdom is fear of the  lord; and the counsel of holy ones is understanding. For to know the law [3consideration 1is 2of good]. 11 For in this manner [2a long 1you shall live] time, and [3shall be added 4to you 1years 2of life]. 12 O son, if [2wise 1you be], [3to yourself 2wise 1you shall be]; and if [2evil 1you should turn out to be], [4alone 1then 2you shall draw 3evils].

The Foolish Woman

13 [4woman 1A foolish 2and 3bold 10lacking 11of a morsel 9becomes 5who 6does not 7have knowledge of 8shame]. 14 She sits at the doors of her own house upon a chair, visibly in the squares, 15 calling the ones passing by the way, and the ones going straight on their ways, saying, 16 Whoever is most foolish of you, turn aside to me! And to the ones lacking intelligence I rouse, saying, 17 Bread loaves of secrets [2with pleasure 1you touch], and water of fraud [2sweet 1you drink]! 18 But he does not know that earth-born men [2by 3her 1are destroyed], and [2upon 3the perch 4of Hades 1he meets].
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