1Wisdom has built herself a house;
she has carved her seven pillars.
2She has prepared her food, spiced her wine,
and she has set her table.
3She has sent out her young girls [with invitations];
she calls from the heights of the city,
4“Whoever is unsure of himself, turn in here!”
To someone weak-willed she says,
5“Come and eat my food!
Drink the wine I have mixed!
6Don’t stay unsure of yourself, but live!
Walk in the way of understanding!”
7“He who corrects a scoffer only gets insulted;
reproving a wicked man becomes his blemish.
8If you reprove a scoffer, he will hate you;
if you reprove a wise man, he will love you.
9Give to a wise man, and he grows still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will learn still more.
10The fear of Adonai is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of holy ones is understanding.
11For with me, your days will be increased;
years will be added to your life.
12If you are wise, your wisdom helps you;
but if you scoff, you bear the consequences alone.”
13The foolish woman is coarse;
she doesn’t think, and she doesn’t know a thing.
14She sits at the door of her house
or on a seat at the heights of the city,
15calling to those who pass by,
to those going straight along their ways,
16“Whoever is unsure of himself, turn in here!”
To someone weak-willed she says,
17“Stolen water is sweet;
food eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18But he doesn’t realize
that the dead are there,
and that those who accept her invitation
are in the depths of Sh’ol.