1My son, obey my words. Store up my commands inside you.2Obey my commands and you will live. Guard my teachings as you would your own eyes.3Tie them on your fingers. Write them on the tablet of your heart.4Say to wisdom, "You are my sister." Call understanding a member of your family.5They will keep you from a woman who commits adultery. They will keep you from the smooth talk of a sinful wife.6I stood at the window of my house. I looked out through it.7Among those who were childish I saw a young man who had no sense.8He went down the street near that sinful woman's corner. He walked toward her house.9The sun had gone down. Day was fading. The darkness of night was falling.10A woman came out to meet him. She was dressed like a prostitute and had a clever plan.11She was a loud and pushy woman. She never stayed at home.12Sometimes in the streets, sometimes at other places, at every corner she would wait.13She took hold of the young man and kissed him. With a bold face she spoke to him.14She said, "At home I have meat left over from my offerings. Today I offered what I had promised I would.15So I came out to meet you. I looked for you. And I have found you!16I have covered my bed with colored sheets from Egypt.17I've perfumed my bed with spices. I used myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.18Come, let's drink our fill of love until morning. Let's enjoy ourselves by having sex!19My husband isn't home. He's gone on a long journey.20He took his bag full of money. He won't be home for several days."21She led him down the wrong path with her clever words. She charmed him with her smooth talk.22All at once he followed her. He was like an ox going to be killed. He was like a deer stepping into a trap23until an arrow struck its liver. He was like a bird rushing into a trap. Little did he know it would cost him his life!24My sons, listen to me. Pay attention to what I say.25Don't let your hearts turn to her ways. Don't step onto her paths.26She has brought down a lot of men. She has killed a huge crowd.27Her house is a road to the grave. It leads down to the place of the dead.
1Doesn't wisdom call out? Doesn't understanding raise her voice?2On the high roads along the way, she takes her place where the paths meet.3Beside the gates leading into the city, she cries out at the entrances.4She says, "Men, I call out to you. I raise my voice to all human beings.5You who are childish, get some good sense. You who are foolish, gain understanding.6Listen! I have worthy things to say. I open my lips to speak what is right.7My mouth speaks what is true. My lips hate evil.8All the words of my mouth are honest. None of them is twisted or sinful.9To those who have understanding, all my words are right. To those who have knowledge, they are true.10Choose my teaching instead of silver. Choose knowledge rather than fine gold.11Wisdom is worth more than rubies. Nothing you want can compare with her.12"I, wisdom, live together with understanding. I have knowledge and good sense.13To have respect for the LORD is to hate evil. I hate pride and bragging. I hate evil ways and twisted words.14I have good sense and give good advice. I have understanding and power.15By me kings rule. Leaders make laws that are fair.16By me princes govern. By me all nobles rule on earth.17I love those who love me. Those who look for me find me.18With me are riches and honor. With me are lasting wealth and success.19My fruit is better than fine gold. My gifts are better than the finest silver.20I walk in ways that are honest. I take paths that are right.21I leave riches to those who love me. I give them more than they have room for.22"The LORD created me as the first of his works, before his acts of long ago.23I was formed at the very beginning. I was formed before the world began.24Before there were any oceans, I was born. There weren't any springs of water at that time.25Before the mountains were settled in place, I was born. Before there were any hills, I was born.26It happened before the LORD made the earth and its fields. It was before he made the dust of the world.27I was there when he set the heavens in place. When he marked out the place where the sky meets the sea, I was there.28That was when he put the clouds above. It was when he fixed the ocean springs in place.29It was when he set limits for the sea so that the waters had to obey his command. When he marked out the foundations of the earth, I was there.30I was the skilled worker at his side. I was filled with delight day after day. I was always happy to be with him.31His whole world filled me with joy. I took delight in all human beings.32"My children, listen to me. Blessed are those who keep my ways.33Listen to my teaching and be wise. Don't turn away from it.34Blessed is the one who listens to me. He watches every day at my doors. He waits beside my doorway.35Those who find me find life. They receive favor from the Lord.36But those who don't find me harm only themselves. Everyone who hates me loves death."
1Wisdom has built her house. She has made its seven pillars.2She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine. She has also set her table.3She has sent out her female servants. She calls out from the highest point of the city.4She 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.6Leave 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.8Don't warn those who make fun of others. They will hate you. Warn those who are wise. They will love you.9Teach 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.11Through me, you will live a long time. Years will be added to your life.12If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you. If you make fun of others, you alone will suffer."13The woman called Foolishness is loud. She doesn't control herself. She doesn't know anything.14She sits at the door of her house. She sits at the highest point of the city.15She calls out to those who pass by. She calls out to those who go straight on their way.16She says, "Let all who are childish come in here!" She speaks to those who have no sense.17She says, "Stolen water is sweet. Food eaten in secret tastes good!"18But they don't know that dead people are there. They don't know that her guests are in the deepest parts of the grave.