1Wisdom has built herself a palace
upon seven pillars to keep it secure.
2She has made ready a banquet feast
and the sacrifice has been killed.
She has mingled her wine, and the table’s all set.
3She has sent out her maidens,
crying out from the high place,
inviting everyone to come
and eat until they’re full.
4“Whoever wants to know me and receive my wisdom,
5come and dine at my table and drink of my wine.
6Lay aside your simple thoughts and leave your paths behind.
Agree with my ways, live in my truth,
and righteousness you will find.”
7If you try to correct an arrogant cynic,
expect an angry insult in return.
And if you try to confront an evil man,
don’t be surprised if all you get is a slap in the face!
8So don’t even bother to correct a mocker,
for he’ll only hate you for it.
But go ahead and correct the wise;
they’ll love you even more.
9Teach a wise man what is right
and he’ll grow even wiser.
Instruct the lovers of God
and they’ll learn even more.
10The starting point for acquiring wisdom
is to be consumed with awe as you worship Jehovah-God.
To receive the revelation of the Holy One,
you must come to the one who has living-understanding.
11Wisdom will extend your life,
making every year more fruitful than the one before.
12So it is to your advantage to be wise.
But to ignore the counsel of wisdom
is to invite trouble into your life.
A Spirit Named Foolish
13There is a spirit named Foolish,
who is boisterous and brash;
she’s seductive and restless.
14And there she sits at the gateway to the high places,
on her throne overlooking the city.
15She preaches to all who walk by her
who are clueless as to what is happening:
16“Come home with me.”
She invites those who are easily led astray, saying,
17“Illicit sex is the best sex of all.
Our secret affair will be sweeter than all others.”
18Little do they know when they answer her call
that she dwells among the spirits of the dead,
and all her guests soon become citizens of hell!