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.
"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."
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.