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Proverbs 9 (New Century Version)

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1 Wisdom has built her house; she has made its seven columns. 2 She has prepared her food and wine; she has set her table. 3 She has sent out her servant girls, and she calls out from the highest place in the city. 4 She says to those who are uneducated, "Come in here, you foolish people! 5 Come and eat my food and drink the wine I have prepared. 6 Stop your foolish ways, and you will live; take the road of understanding. 7 "If you correct someone who makes fun of wisdom, you will be insulted. If you correct an evil person, you will get hurt. 8 Do not correct those who make fun of wisdom, or they will hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you. 9 Teach the wise, and they will become even wiser; teach good people, and they will learn even more. 10 "Wisdom begins with respect for the Lord, and understanding begins with knowing the Holy One. 11 If you live wisely, you will live a long time; wisdom will add years to your life. 12 The wise person is rewarded by wisdom, but whoever makes fun of wisdom will suffer for it." 13 Foolishness is like a loud woman; she does not have wisdom or knowledge. 14 She sits at the door of her house at the highest place in the city. 15 She calls out to those who are passing by, who are going along, minding their own business. 16 She says to those who are uneducated, "Come in here, you foolish people! 17 Stolen water is sweeter, and food eaten in secret tastes better." 18 But these people don't know that everyone who goes there dies, that her guests end up deep in the grave.
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