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WISDOM VERSUS FOOLISHNESS

Wisdom has built her house;c

she has carved out her seven pillars.

She has prepared her meat;d she has mixed her wine;e

she has also set her table.f

She has sent out her female servants;g

she calls out from the highest points of the city:h

“Whoever is inexperienced, enter here!”

To the one who lacks sense,i she says,

“Come, eat my bread,j

and drink the wine I have mixed.

Leave inexperience behind, and you will live;

pursue the way of understanding.

The one who corrects a mocker

will bring abuse on himself;

the one who rebukes the wicked will get hurt.B

Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you;k

rebuke the wise, and he will love you.l

Instruct the wise, and he will be wiser still;

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.

11 For by me your days will be many,

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

14 She sits by the doorway of her house,

on a seat at the highest point of the city,

15 calling to those who pass by,

who go straight ahead on their paths:s

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!”t

18 But he doesn’t know that the departed spirits are there,u

that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.v

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