9:1 Wisdom has built her house; She has cut out her seven pillars:
9:2 She has killed her beasts; She has mingled her wine; She has also furnished her table:
9:3 She has sent forth her maidens; She cries on the highest places of the city:
9:4 Whoever is simple, let him turn in here: As for him who is void of understanding, she says to him,
9:5 Come, eat+ of my bread, And drink of the wine which I have mingled.
9:6 Leave off, you+ simple ones, and live; And walk in the way of understanding.
9:7 He who corrects a scoffer gets to himself reviling; And he who reproves a wicked man [gets] himself a blot.
9:8 Don't reprove a scoffer, or else he will hate you: Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
9:9 Give [instruction] to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
9:10 The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom; And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
9:11 For by me your days will be multiplied, And the years of your life will be increased.
9:12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
9:13 The foolish woman is clamorous; [She is] simple, and knows nothing.
9:14 And she sits at the door of her house, On a seat in the high places of the city,
9:15 To call to those who pass by, Who go right on their ways:
9:16 Whoever is simple, let him turn in here; And as for him who is void of understanding, she says to him,
9:17 Stolen waters are sweet, And bread [eaten] in secret is pleasant.
9:18 But he does not know that the spirits of the dead are there; That her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
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