Wisdom versus Foolishness

1 Wisdom has built her house;a she has carved out her seven pillars.

References for Proverbs 9:1

    • a 9:1 - Pr 14:1
      2 She has prepared her meat; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table.
      3 She has sent out her servants; she calls out from the highest points of the city:b

      References for Proverbs 9:3

        • b 9:3 - Pr 8:2-3; 9:14-15
          4 "Whoever is inexperienced, enter here!" To the one who lacks sense, she says,
          5 "Come, eat my bread, and drink the wine I have mixed.
          6 Leave inexperience behind, and you will live; pursue the way of understanding.
          7 The one who corrects a mocker will bring dishonor on himself; the one who rebukes a wicked man will get hurt.c

          References for Proverbs 9:7

            • c 9:7 - Lit man his blemish
              8 Don't rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you;d rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

              References for Proverbs 9:8

                • d 9:8 - Pr 15:12
                  9 Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will learn more.e

                  References for Proverbs 9:9

                    • e 9:9 - Pr 1:5; 16:21,23
                      10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,f and the knowledge of the Holy Oneg is understanding.

                      References for Proverbs 9:10

                        • f 9:10 - Pr 15:33; Jb 28:28
                        • g 9:10 - Pr 30:3; Hs 11:12; Rv 16:5
                          11 For by Wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.
                          12 If you are wise, you are wise for your own benefit; if you mock, you alone will bear [the consequences]."
                          13 The woman Folly is rowdy; she is gullible and knows nothing.
                          14 She sits by the doorway of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city,
                          15 calling to those who pass by, who go straight ahead on their paths:h

                          References for Proverbs 9:15

                            • h 9:15 - Pr 7:11-12; 9:3-4
                              16 "Whoever is inexperienced, enter here!" To the one who lacks sense, she says,
                              17 "Stolen water is sweet, and bread [eaten] secretly is tasty!"
                              18 But he doesn't know that the departed spirits are there,i that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.j

                              References for Proverbs 9:18

                                • i 9:18 - Pr 2:18; 21:16
                                • j 9:18 - Pr 5:5; 7:27