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Proverbs 9 (New International Reader's Version)

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Wisdom and Foolishness Call Out

1 Wisdom has built her house. She has made its seven pillars. 2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine. She has also set her table. 3 She has sent out her female servants. She calls out from the highest point of the city. 4 She says, "Let all who are childish come in here!" She speaks to those who have no sense. 5 "Come and eat my food. Drink the wine I have mixed. 6 Leave your childish ways and you will live. Walk in the way that leads to understanding. 7 "When you correct someone who makes fun of others, you might be laughed at. When you warn a sinner, you might get hurt. 8 Don't warn those who make fun of others. They will hate you. Warn those who are wise. They will love you. 9 Teach a wise man. He will become even wiser. Teach a person who does right. He will learn even more. 10 "If you really want to become wise, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. To know the Holy One is to gain understanding. 11 Through me, you will live a long time. Years will be added to your life. 12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you. If you make fun of others, you alone will suffer." 13 The woman called Foolishness is loud. She doesn't control herself. She doesn't know anything. 14 She sits at the door of her house. She sits at the highest point of the city. 15 She calls out to those who pass by. She calls out to those who go straight on their way. 16 She says, "Let all who are childish come in here!" She speaks to those who have no sense. 17 She says, "Stolen water is sweet. Food eaten in secret tastes good!" 18 But they don't know that dead people are there. They don't know that her guests are in the deepest parts of the grave.
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