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