The Way of Wisdom
1Wisdom has #(Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 3:9, 10; Eph. 2:20–22; 1 Pet. 2:5)built her house,
She has hewn out her seven pillars;
2#Matt. 22:4She has slaughtered her meat,
#Prov. 23:30She has mixed her wine,
She has also furnished her table.
3She has sent out her maidens,
She cries out from the highest places of the city,
4“Whoever#Ps. 19:7 is simple, let him turn in here!”
As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
5“Come,#Song 5:1; Is. 55:1; (John 6:27) eat of my bread
And drink of the wine I have mixed.
6Forsake foolishness and live,
And go in the way of understanding.
7“He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,
And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
8#Prov. 15:12; Matt. 7:6Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;
#Ps. 141:5; Prov. 10:8Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
9Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
Teach a just man, #(Matt. 13:12)and he will increase in learning.
10“The#Job 28:28; Ps. 111:10; Prov. 1:7 fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11#Prov. 3:2, 16For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.
12#Job 35:6, 7; Prov. 16:26If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.”
The Way of Folly
13#Prov. 7:11A foolish woman is clamorous;
She is simple, and knows nothing.
14For she sits at the door of her house,
On a seat #Prov. 9:3by the highest places of the city,
15To call to those who pass by,
Who go straight on their way:
16“Whoever#Prov. 7:7, 8 is simple, let him turn in here”;
And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
17“Stolen#Prov. 20:17 water is sweet,
And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18But he does not know that #Prov. 2:18; 7:27the dead are there,
That her guests are in the depths of hell.