Proverbs 9
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1Wisdom has built her house; she has carved out her seven pillars;

2She has prepared her meat; she has mixed her wine; she has also furnished her table.

3She has sent out her young women; she cries upon the highest places of the city,

4"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here." As for the one who lacks understanding, she says to him,

5"Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.

6Forsake the foolish and live; and go in the way of understanding.

7The one who rebukes a scorner gets shame to himself; and the one who rebukes a wicked one gets himself an insult.

8Do not reprove a scorner, lest he hate you; give rebuke to a wise man, and he will love you.

9Give instruction to a wise one, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

11For by me your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.

12If you are wise, you shall be wise for yourself; but if you scorn, you alone shall bear it."

13A foolish woman is clamorous; she is simple and knows nothing.

14And she sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,

15To call those who pass by, who are going straight on their ways:

16"Whoever is thoughtless, let him turn in here." And to one lacking understanding, she says to him,

17"Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant."

18But he does not know that the dead are there; her guests are in the depths of the grave.

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