9 Wisdom has built her house;c
she has carved out her seven pillars.
she has also set her table.f
3 She has sent out her female servants;g
she calls out from the highest points of the city:h
To the one who lacks sense,i she says,
5 “Come, eat my bread,j
and drink the wine I have mixed.
pursue the way of understanding.
will bring abuse on himself;
the one who rebukes the wicked will get hurt.B
8 Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you;k
rebuke the wise, and he will love you.l
teach the righteous, and he will learn more.m
10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,n
and the knowledge of the Holy Oneo is understanding.
and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, you are wise for your own benefit;p
if you mock, you alone will bear the consequences.”
13 Folly is a rowdy woman;q
she is gullible and knows nothing.r
on a seat at the highest point of the city,
who go straight ahead on their paths:s
To the one who lacks sense, she says,
and bread eaten secretly is tasty!”t
18 But he doesn’t know that the departed spirits are there,u
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.v
Lit man: his blemish