Proverbs 9:10-18New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
10 If you want to become wise, you must begin by respecting the Lord. To know the Holy One is to gain understanding. 11 Through wisdom, you will live a long time. Years will be added to your life. 12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you. If you make fun of others, you alone will suffer.
13 The woman called Foolishness is wild. She is childish and knows nothing. 14 She sits at the door of her house. She sits at the highest point of the city. 15 She calls out to those who pass by. She calls out to those who go straight on their way. She says, 16 “Let all who are childish come to my house!” She speaks to those who have no sense. 17 She says, “Stolen water is sweet. Food eaten in secret tastes good!” 18 But they don’t know that dead people are there. They don’t know that her guests are deep in the place of the dead.
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