Proverbs 9

The Way of Wisdom

1 a  Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn her b  seven c  pillars.
2She has d  slaughtered her beasts; she has e  mixed her wine;
she has also f  set her table.
3She has g  sent out her young women to h  call
from i  the highest places in the town,
4 j  Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
k  To him who lacks sense she says,
5Come l  eat of my bread
and m  drink of n  the wine I have mixed.
6Leave o  your simple ways
Or  Leave the company of the simple
and q  live,
r  and walk in the way of insight.”
7 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
8 s  Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
t  reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
9Give instruction
Hebrew lacks  instruction
to a wise man, and he will be v  still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will w  increase in learning.
10 x  The fear of the  Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and y  the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
11For by me z  your days will be multiplied,
and years will be added to your life.
12 aa  If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;
if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

The Way of Folly

13 ab  The woman Folly is ac  loud;
she is seductive
Or full of simpleness
and ae  knows nothing.
14She sits at the door of her house;
she takes a seat on af  the highest places of the town,
15calling to those who pass by,
who are ag  going straight on their way,
16 ah  Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
And to him who lacks sense she says,
17 ai  Stolen water is sweet,
and aj  bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18But he does not know ak  that the dead
Hebrew Rephaim
are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
Copyright information for ESV