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Proverbs 9 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Way of Wisdom

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:1 - Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn her seven pillars.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:2 - She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:3 - She has sent out her young women to call
from the highest places in the town,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:4 - “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
To him who lacks sense she says,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:5 - “Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:6 - Leave your simple ways,[fn] and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:7 - Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:8 - Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:9 - Give instruction[fn] to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:10 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:11 - For by me your days will be multiplied,
and years will be added to your life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:12 - If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;
if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

The Way of Folly

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:13 - The woman Folly is loud;
she is seductive[fn] and knows nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:14 - She sits at the door of her house;
she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:15 - calling to those who pass by,
who are going straight on their way,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:16 - “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
And to him who lacks sense she says,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:17 - “Stolen water is sweet,
and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:18 - But he does not know that the dead[fn] are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
ESV Footnotes
Or Leave the company of the simple
Hebrew lacks instruction
Or full of simpleness
Hebrew Rephaim

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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

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