Proverbs 9

Wisdom’s Invitation

1Wisdom has a  built her house,
She has hewn out her seven pillars;
2She has
Lit slaughtered her slaughter
c  prepared her food, she has d  mixed her wine;
She has also e  set her table;
3She has f  sent out her maidens, she g  calls
From the h  tops of the heights of the city:
4 i  Whoever is
Lit simple
naive, let him turn in here!”
To him who k  lacks
Lit heart
understanding she says,
5Come m  eat of my food
And drink of the wine I have mixed.
Or Forsake the simple ones
Forsake your folly and o  live,
And p  proceed in the way of understanding.”

7He who q  corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself,
And he who reproves a wicked man gets
Lit a blemish
insults for himself.
8 s  Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you,
t  Reprove a wise man and he will love you.
9Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser,
Teach a righteous man and he will u  increase his learning.
10The v  fear of the  Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11For w  by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.
12If you are wise, you are wise x  for yourself,
And if you y  scoff, you alone will bear it.

Or foolish woman
woman of folly is aa  boisterous,
She is
Lit simple
naive and ac  knows nothing.
14She sits at the doorway of her house,
On a seat by ad  the high places of the city,
15Calling to those who pass by,
Who are making their paths straight:
16 ae  Whoever is
Lit simple
naive, let him turn in here,”
And to him who lacks
Lit heart
understanding she says,
17Stolen water is sweet;
And ah  bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18But he does not know that the
Lit departed spirits
dead are there,
That her guests are in the aj  depths of Sheol.

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