Proverbs 9
Wisdom’s Banquet
1Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn her seven pillars.
2She has slaughtered her slaughtering, mixed her wine,
and also set her table.
3She has sent her servant girls,#Or “young maidens” she calls
upon the wings of the high places of town,
4“Whoever is simple, let him turn here.”
As for the one who lacks sense,#Literally “heart” she says to him,
5“Come, eat with my bread;
drink with the wine I have mixed.
6Lay aside simplicity and live;
walk in the way of understanding.”
7He who corrects a scoffer gains abuse for himself,
and he who rebukes the wicked gets hurt.#Literally “abuse him”
8Do not rebuke a scoffer, lest he hate you;
rebuke the wise and he will love you.
9Give to a wise one and he will become more wise;
teach#Literally “make known to” a righteous one and he will increase learning.
Foolishness’ Banquet
10The start of wisdom is fear of Yahweh,
and knowledge of the Holy One,#Or “holy ones” insight.
11For by me your days shall increase,
and years of life shall multiply for you.
12If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
and if you scoff, alone you shall bear it.
13A woman of foolishness is loud,
simple, and does not know it.#Literally “what”
14She sits at the door of her house,
upon a throne at the high places of town,
15in order to call to those who pass by the road,
those who go straight on their way:
16“Whoever is simple, may he turn here!”
As for he who lacks sense,#Literally “heart” she says to him,
17“Stolen waters are sweet,
and bread of secrecy is pleasant.”
18But he does not know that the dead#Or “Rephaim” are there,
in the depths of Sheol#A term for the place where the dead reside, i.e., the Underworld are her guests.
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