Wisdom has built her spacious house with seven pillars.
She has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table.
She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come. She calls out from the heights overlooking the city.
"Come home with me," she urges the simple. To those without good judgment, she says,
"Come, eat my food, and drink the wine I have mixed.
Leave your foolish ways behind, and begin to live; learn how to be wise."
Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get a smart retort. Anyone who rebukes the wicked will get hurt.
So don't bother rebuking mockers; they will only hate you. But the wise, when rebuked, will love you all the more.
Teach the wise, and they will be wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn more.
Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in understanding.
Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life.
If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)