Wisdom versus Foolishness
1Wisdom has built her house; #Pr 14:1Eph 2:20-221Pt 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 68:11Mt 22:3
she calls out from the highest points of the city: #Pr 8:2-39:14-15Mt 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 55:1Jn 6:27
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 15:12Mt 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|NoBook| 16:21
10“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, #Jb 28:28Ps 111:10Pr 1:7|NoBook| 15:33
and the knowledge of the Holy One #Pr 30:3Hs 11:12Rv 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 7:11-129:3-4
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|NoBook| 21:16
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol. #Pr 5:5|NoBook| 7:27