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Proverbs 9


Wisdom's Invitation

Proverbs 9:1   Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;
Proverbs 9:2   She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table;
Proverbs 9:3   She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights of the city:
Proverbs 9:4   "Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks understanding she says,
Proverbs 9:5   "Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed.
Proverbs 9:6   "Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding."
Proverbs 9:7   He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.
Proverbs 9:8   Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you.
Proverbs 9:9   Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.
Proverbs 9:10   The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:11   For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.
Proverbs 9:12   If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
Proverbs 9:13   The woman of folly is boisterous, She is naive and knows nothing.
Proverbs 9:14   She sits at the doorway of her house, On a seat by the high places of the city,
Proverbs 9:15   Calling to those who pass by, Who are making their paths straight:
Proverbs 9:16   "Whoever is naive, let him turn in here," And to him who lacks understanding she says,
Proverbs 9:17   "Stolen water is sweet; And bread eaten in secret is pleasant."
Proverbs 9:18   But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
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