9 Wisdom has built her house; she has made its seven ·columns [pillars; C a large house]. 2 She has ·prepared her food [L slaughtered her slaughter] and prepared [mixed] her wine; she has set her table. 3 She has sent out her servant girls, and she calls out from the highest place in the city [C the location of the Temple, indicating she symbolizes God]. 4 She says to those who are ·uneducated [naive; immature; simpleminded], “·Come in [Turn aside] here, you ·foolish people [who lack sense]! 5 Come and eat my food and drink the wine I have ·prepared [mixed]. 6 Stop your ·foolish [naive; immature; simpleminded] ways, and you will live; take the road of understanding.
7 “If you ·correct [instruct; discipline] ·someone who makes fun of wisdom [a mocker], you will be insulted. If you correct an evil person, you will ·get hurt [L be blemished]. 8 Do not correct ·those who make fun of wisdom [mockers], or they will hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you. 9 ·Teach [L Give to] the wise, and they will become even wiser; ·teach [inform] ·good people [the righteous], and they will ·learn even more [L add to their learning].
10 “Wisdom begins with ·respect [fear; awe] for the Lord, and understanding begins with knowing the Holy One. 11 ·If you live wisely [L Through/By me], you will live a long time; wisdom will add years to your life. 12 The wise person is rewarded by wisdom, but ·whoever makes fun of wisdom will suffer for it [L mockers will bear it alone].”
13 ·Foolishness is like a loud woman [Woman Folly is boisterous/noisy]; she ·does not have wisdom or knowledge [L is ignorant and does not even know it]. 14 She sits at the door of her house at the highest place in the city [9:3; C her house is built on the highest point of the city, indicating she symbolizes false gods]. 15 She ·calls out to [invites] those who are passing by, who are going along, minding their own business. 16 She says to those who ·are uneducated [lack sense/heart], “·Come in [Turn aside] here, you ·foolish [naive; immature; simpleminded] people! 17 Stolen water is sweeter, and food eaten in secret tastes better.” 18 But these people don’t know that ·everyone who goes there dies [the dead/departed/shades are there], that her guests ·end up deep in the grave [L are in the depths of Sheol].
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