The Way of Wisdom
1#Eph 2:20–22; Mt 16:18Wisdom has built her house,
she has hewn out her seven pillars;
2#Pr 23:30 she has killed her beasts, she has mixed her wine,
she has also furnished her table.
3#Pr 9:14; 8:1–3 She has sent out her maidens,
she cries out from the highest places of the city,
4#Pr 6:32; 9:16 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here.”
As for him who wants understanding, she says to him,
5#SS 5:1; Jn 6:27 “Come, eat of my bread,
and drink of the wine which I have mixed.
6Forsake foolishness and live,
and go in the way of understanding.”
7He who reproves a scorner gets shame for himself,
and he who rebukes a wicked man gets hurt.
8#Ps 141:5; Mt 7:6 Do not reprove a scorner, lest he hate you;
rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
9#Pr 1:5 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser;
teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10#Pr 1:7; Job 28:28; Ps 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11#Pr 10:27; 3:16 For by me your days will be multiplied,
and the years of your life will be increased.
12#Job 22:2–3 If you are wise, you will be wise for yourself,
but if you scorn, you alone will bear it.
The Way of Foolishness
13#Pr 7:11; 5:6 A foolish woman is clamorous;
she is simple, and knows nothing.
14#Pr 9:3 For she sits at the door of her house,
on a seat in the high places of the city,
15to call those who pass by
who go right on their way:
16“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here.”
And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
17#Pr 20:17; 30:20 “Stolen waters are sweet,
and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18#Pr 7:27 But he does not know that the dead are there,
and that her guests are in the depths of the grave.