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Proverbs 9 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Wisdom versus Foolishness
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Wisdom has built her house;

she has carved out her seven pillars.

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She has prepared her meat; she has mixed her wine;

she has also set her table.

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She has sent out her female servants;

she calls out from the highest points of the city:

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“Whoever is inexperienced, enter here! ”

To the one who lacks sense, she says,

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“Come, eat my bread,

and drink the wine I have mixed.

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“Leave inexperience behind, and you will live;

pursue the way of understanding.

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“The one who corrects a mocker

will bring abuse on himself;

the one who rebukes the wicked will get hurt.[fn]

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“Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you;

rebuke the wise, and he will love you.

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“Instruct the wise, and he will be wiser still;

teach the righteous, and he will learn more.

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“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,

and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

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“For by me your days will be many,

and years will be added to your life.

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“If you are wise, you are wise for your own benefit;

if you mock, you alone will bear the consequences.”

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Folly is a rowdy woman;

she is gullible and knows nothing.

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She sits by the doorway of her house,

on a seat at the highest point of the city,

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calling to those who pass by,

who go straight ahead on their paths:

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“Whoever is inexperienced, enter here! ”

To the one who lacks sense, she says,

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“Stolen water is sweet,

and bread eaten secretly is tasty! ”

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But he doesn’t know that the departed spirits are there,

that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

CSB Footnotes
Lit man: his blemish

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

Additional information is provided here.

For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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