Proverbs 9:1-18

  • True wisdom invites (1-12)

    • “By me your days will be many” (11)

  • A stupid woman invites (13-18)

    • “Stolen waters are sweet” (17)

9  True wisdom has built its house;It has carved* out its seven pillars.   It has fully prepared its meat;*It has mixed its wine;It has also arranged its table.   It has sent out its female servantsTo call out from the heights above the city:+   “Whoever is inexperienced, let him come in here.” She says to the one lacking good sense:*   “Come, eat my breadAnd share in drinking the wine that I have mixed.   Leave behind your inexperience* and live;+Walk forward in the way of understanding.”+   The one who corrects a ridiculer invites dishonor,+And whoever reproves someone wicked will get hurt.   Do not reprove a ridiculer, or he will hate you.+ Reprove a wise person, and he will love you.+   Share with a wise person, and he will become wiser.+ Teach someone righteous, and he will add to his learning. 10  The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom,+And knowledge of the Most Holy One+ is understanding. 11  For by me your days will be many,+And years will be added to your life. 12  If you become wise, you are wise to your own advantage,But if you are a ridiculer, you alone will bear it. 13  A stupid woman is loud.+ She is ignorant and knows absolutely nothing. 14  She sits at the entrance of her houseOn a seat in the high places of the city,+ 15  Calling out to those passing by,To those walking straight ahead on their way: 16  “Whoever is inexperienced, let him come in here.” She says to those lacking good sense:*+ 17  “Stolen waters are sweet,And food eaten in secret is pleasant.”+ 18  But he does not know that those powerless in death are there,That her guests are in the depths of the Grave.*+


Or “hewed.”
Lit., “She has slaughtered her slaughtering.”
Lit., “in want of heart.”
Or “the inexperienced ones.”
Lit., “in want of heart.”
Or “Sheol,” that is, the common grave of mankind. See Glossary.