Wisdom versus Foolishness
1Wisdom has built her house; # Pr 14:1; Eph 2:20-22; 1Pt 2:5
she has carved out her seven pillars.
2She has prepared her meat; # Mt 22:4 she has mixed her wine; # Sg 8:2
she has also set her table. # Lk 14:17
3She has sent out her female servants; # Ps 68:11; Mt 22:3
she calls out from the highest points of the city: # Pr 8:2-3; 9:14-15; Mt 10:27
4“Whoever is inexperienced, enter here! ”
To the one who lacks sense, # Pr 6:32 she says,
5“Come, eat my bread, # Is 55:1; Jn 6:27,51
and drink the wine I have mixed.
6Leave inexperience behind, and you will live;
pursue the way of understanding.
7The one who corrects a mocker
will bring dishonor on himself;
the one who rebukes a wicked man will get hurt. # Lit man his blemish
8Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you; # Pr 15:12; Mt 7:6
rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. # Ps 141:5
9Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man, and he will learn more. # Pr 1:5; 16:21,23
10“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, # Jb 28:28; Ps 111:10; Pr 1:7; 15:33
and the knowledge of the Holy One # Pr 30:3; Hs 11:12; Rv 16:5 is understanding.
11For by Wisdom your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
12If you are wise, you are wise for your own benefit; # Jb 22:2
if you mock, you alone will bear the consequences.”
13The woman Folly is rowdy; # Pr 7:11
she is gullible and knows nothing. # Pr 5:6
14She sits by the doorway of her house,
on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15calling to those who pass by,
who go straight ahead on their paths: # Pr 7:11-12; 9:3-4
16“Whoever is inexperienced, enter here! ”
To the one who lacks sense, she says,
17“Stolen water is sweet,
and bread eaten secretly is tasty! ” # Pr 20:17
18But he doesn’t know that the departed spirits are there, # Pr 2:18; 21:16
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol. # Pr 5:5; 7:27