Proverbs 9 ESV

The Way of Wisdom

1 1Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her 2seven 3pillars.

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2 She has 4slaughtered her beasts; she has 5mixed her wine; she has also 6set her table.

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3 She has 7sent out her young women to 8call from 9the highest places in the town,

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      4 10"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" 11To him who lacks sense she says,

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      5 "Come, 12eat of my bread and 13drink of 14the wine I have mixed.

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          6 Leave 15your simple ways,a and 16live, 17and walk in the way of insight."

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            • ‡ 9:6 - Or Leave the company of the simple
              7 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
              8 18Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; 19reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

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              9 Give instructionb to a wise man, and he will be 20still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will 21increase in learning.

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                • ˆ 9:9 - Hebrew lacks instruction
                  10 22The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and 23the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

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                  11 For by me 24your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.

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                  12 25If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

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                  The Way of Folly

                  13 26The woman Folly is 27loud; she is seductivec and 28knows nothing.

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                    • ‰ 9:13 - Or full of simpleness
                      14 She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on 29the highest places of the town,

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                          15 calling to those who pass by, who are 30going straight on their way,

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                            • 411 9:15 - [ver. 6]
                              16 31"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" And to him who lacks sense she says,

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                                  17 32"Stolen water is sweet, and 33bread eaten in secret is pleasant."

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                                  18 But he does not know 34that the deadd are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

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                                    • Š 9:18 - Hebrew Rephaim