Proverbs 9

Wisdom hath built her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: She hath killed her beasts; she hath mixed her wine; she hath also furnished her table. {her beasts: Heb. her killing} She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoever is simple, let him turn in here: as for him that lacketh understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mixed. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he shall hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man , and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man , and he will increase in learning. 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. 12 If thou art wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it .

13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. 14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, 15 To call those who pass by who go right on their ways: 16 Whoever is simple, let him turn in here: and as for him that lacketh understanding, she saith to him, 17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. {eaten...: Heb. of secrecies} 18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

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