Proverbs 9 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wisdom has built her house and made seven columns for it. 1 Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars.
2 She has had an animal killed for a feast, mixed spices in the wine, and set the table. 2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table.
3 She has sent her servant women to call out from the highest place in town: 3 She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city.
4 "Come in, ignorant people!" And to the foolish she says, 4 "Let all who are simple come in here!" she says to those who lack judgment.
5 "Come, eat my food and drink the wine that I have mixed. 5 "Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed.
6 Leave the company of ignorant people, and live. Follow the way of knowledge." 6 Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.
7 If you correct conceited people, you will only be insulted. If you reprimand evil people, you will only get hurt. 7 "Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.
8 Never correct conceited people; they will hate you for it. But if you correct the wise, they will respect you. 8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
9 Anything you say to the wise will make them wiser. Whatever you tell the righteous will add to their knowledge. 9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.
10 To be wise you must first have reverence for the Lord. If you know the Holy One, you have understanding. 10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 Wisdom will add years to your life. 11 For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.
12 You are the one who will profit if you have wisdom, and if you reject it, you are the one who will suffer. 12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer."
13 Stupidity is like a loud, ignorant, shameless woman. 13 The woman Folly is loud; she is undisciplined and without knowledge.
14 She sits at the door of her house or on a seat in the highest part of town, 14 She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 and calls out to people passing by, who are minding their own business: 15 calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way.
16 "Come in, ignorant people!" To the foolish she says, 16 "Let all who are simple come in here!" she says to those who lack judgment.
17 "Stolen water is sweeter. Stolen bread tastes better." 17 "Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!"
18 Her victims do not know that the people die who go to her house, that those who have already entered are now deep in the world of the dead. 18 But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave.