Proverbs 9 TNIV

Invitations of Wisdom and Folly

1 Wisdom has built1 her house; she has set upa its seven pillars.

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    • a 9:1 - Septuagint, Syriac and Targum; Hebrew "has hewn out"
      2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;2 she has also set her table.3

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      3 She has sent out her servants, and she calls4 from the highest point of the city,5

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      4 "Let all who are simple6 come to my house!" To those who have no sense7 she says,

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          5 "Come,8 eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed.9

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          6 Leave your simple ways and you will live;10 walk in the way of insight."11

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          7 Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.12

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          8 Do not rebuke mockers13 or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.14

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          9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.15

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          10 The fear of the LORD 16 is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One17 is understanding.18

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          11 For through wisdomb your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.19

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            • b 9:11 - Septuagint, Syriac and Targum; Hebrew "me"
              12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
              13 Folly is an unruly woman;20 she is simple and knows nothing.21

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              14 She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city,22

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              15 calling out23 to those who pass by, who go straight on their way,

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              16 "Let all who are simple come to my house!" To those who have no sense24 she says,

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              17 "Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!25"

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              18 But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.26

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