9
Being Wise or Foolish
1Wisdom has built her house;
she has made its seven columns.
2She has prepared her food and wine;
she has set her table.
3She has sent out her servant girls,
and she calls out from the highest place in the city.
4She says to those who are uneducated,
“Come in here, you foolish people!
5Come and eat my food
and drink the wine I have prepared.
6Stop your foolish ways, and you will live;
take the road of understanding.
7“If you correct someone who makes fun of wisdom, you will be insulted.
If you correct an evil person, you will get hurt.
8Do not correct those who make fun of wisdom, or they will hate you.
But correct the wise, and they will love you.
9Teach the wise, and they will become even wiser;
teach good people, and they will learn even more.
10“Wisdom begins with respect for the Lord,
and understanding begins with knowing the Holy One.
11If you live wisely, you will live a long time;
wisdom will add years to your life.
12The wise person is rewarded by wisdom,
but whoever makes fun of wisdom will suffer for it.”
13Foolishness is like a loud woman;
she does not have wisdom or knowledge.
14She sits at the door of her house
at the highest place in the city.
15She calls out to those who are passing by,
who are going along, minding their own business.
16She says to those who are uneducated,
“Come in here, you foolish people!
17Stolen water is sweeter,
and food eaten in secret tastes better.”
18But these people don’t know that everyone who goes there dies,
that her guests end up deep in the grave.
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