Proverbs, Chapter 9 - The Power of Wisdom and the Path of Understanding

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Proverbs 9:1
Wisdom has built her house. She has carved out her seven pillars.
Proverbs 9:2
She has prepared her meat. She has mixed her wine. She has also set her table.
Proverbs 9:3
She has sent out her maidens. She cries from the highest places of the city:
Proverbs 9:4
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” As for him who is void of understanding, she says to him,
Proverbs 9:5
“Come, eat some of my bread, Drink some of the wine which I have mixed!
Proverbs 9:6
Leave your simple ways, and live. Walk in the way of understanding.”
Proverbs 9:7
One who corrects a mocker invites insult. One who reproves a wicked man invites abuse.
Proverbs 9:8
Don’t reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise person, and he will love you.
Proverbs 9:9
Instruct a wise person, and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous person, and he will increase in learning.
Proverbs 9:10
The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom. The knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:11
For by me your days will be multiplied. The years of your life will be increased.
Proverbs 9:12
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself. If you mock, you alone will bear it.
Proverbs 9:13
The foolish woman is loud, undisciplined, and knows nothing.
Proverbs 9:14
She sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
Proverbs 9:15
To call to those who pass by, who go straight on their ways,
Proverbs 9:16
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here.” As for him who is void of understanding, she says to him,
Proverbs 9:17
“Stolen water is sweet. Food eaten in secret is pleasant.”
Proverbs 9:18
But he doesn’t know that the departed spirits are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

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