Proverbs 9

The Way of Wisdom

1 Wisdom has a built her house,
She has hewn out her seven pillars;
2 b She has slaughtered her meat,
c She has mixed her wine,
She has also 1 furnished her table.
3 She has sent out her maidens,
She cries out from the highest places of the city,
4 "Whoever d is simple, let him turn in here!"
As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
5 "Come, e eat of my bread
And drink of the wine I have mixed.
6 Forsake foolishness and live,
And go in the way of understanding.

7 "He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,
And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
8 f Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;
g Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
Teach a just man, h and he will increase in learning.
10 "The i fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 j For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.
12 k If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
And if you scoff, you will bear it alone."

The Way of Folly

13 l A foolish woman is 2 clamorous;
She is simple, and knows nothing.
14 For she sits at the door of her house,
On a seat m by the highest places of the city,
15 To call to those who pass by,
Who go straight on their way:
16 "Whoever n is 3 simple, let him turn in here";
And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
17 "Stolen o water is sweet,
And bread eaten in secret is pleasant."
18 But he does not know that p the dead are there,
That her guests are in the depths of 4 hell.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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