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Proverbs 9

Proverbs 9:1  
Wisdom has built her house. She has carved out her seven pillars.

Proverbs 9:2  
She has prepared her meat. She has mixed her wine. She has also set her table.

Proverbs 9:3  
She has sent out her maidens. She cries from the highest places of the city:

Proverbs 9:4  
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” As for him who is void of understanding, she says to him,

Proverbs 9:5  
“Come, eat some of my bread, Drink some of the wine which I have mixed!

Proverbs 9:6  
Leave your simple ways, and live. Walk in the way of understanding.”

Proverbs 9:7  
One who corrects a mocker invites insult. One who reproves a wicked man invites abuse.

Proverbs 9:8  
Don’t reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise person, and he will love you.

Proverbs 9:9  
Instruct a wise person, and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous person, and he will increase in learning.

Proverbs 9:10  
The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom. The knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 9:11  
For by me your days will be multiplied. The years of your life will be increased.

Proverbs 9:12  
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself. If you mock, you alone will bear it.

Proverbs 9:13  
The foolish woman is loud, undisciplined, and knows nothing.

Proverbs 9:14  
She sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,

Proverbs 9:15  
to call to those who pass by, who go straight on their ways,

Proverbs 9:16  
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here.” As for him who is void of understanding, she says to him,

Proverbs 9:17  
“Stolen water is sweet. Food eaten in secret is pleasant.”

Proverbs 9:18  
But he doesn’t know that the departed spirits are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.


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