Wisdom built her house; she has carved out her seven pillars.
She slaughtered her animals, mixed her wine, and set her table.
She sends out her female servants; she issues an invitation from the top of the city heights:
"Whoever is naive turn aside here," she says to those who lack sense.
"Come, eat my food, and drink the wine I have mixed.
Abandon your simplistic ways and live; walk in the way of understanding."
Whoever instructs the cynic gets insulted; whoever corrects the wicked gets hurt.
Don't correct the impudent, or they will hate you; correct the wise, and they will love you.
Teach the wise, and they will become wiser; inform the righteous, and their learning will increase.
The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the LORD; the knowledge of the holy one is understanding.
Through me your days will be many; years will be added to your life.
If you are wise, it is to your benefit; if you are cynical, you will bear it all alone.