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Proverbs 9

1 Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out her seven pillars;
2 she has slaughtered her meat; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her maidens; she calls out from the highest places of the city:
4 Whoever is simple, turn in here; and to the one lacking heart, she says to him:
5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine that I have mixed.
6 Forsake simplicity, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
7 He who reproves a scorner gets shame to himself; and he who rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blemish.
8 Do not reprove a scorner, lest he hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give to a wise one, and he will become wiser; teach a just one, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For by me your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.
12 If you are wise, you shall be wise for yourself, and if you scorn, you alone shall bear it.
13 A foolish woman is boisterous; she is naive, and knows nothing.
14 And she sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
15 to call out to those who pass by, who are going straight on their ways:
16 Whoever is simple, let him turn in here; and to the one lacking heart, she says to him:
17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
18 But he does not know that the spirits of the dead are there; the ones she summons are in the depths of Sheol.
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