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Proverbs 9 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Way of Wisdom
Wisdom’s Invitation
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:1 - Wisdom has built her house,
She has hewn out her seven pillars;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:2 - She has slaughtered her meat,
She has mixed her wine,
She has also furnished her table.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:3 - She has sent out her maidens,
She cries out from the highest places of the city,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:4 - “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:5 - “Come, eat of my bread
And drink of the wine I have mixed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:6 - Forsake foolishness and live,
And go in the way of understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:7 - “He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,
And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:8 - Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;
Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:9 - Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
Teach a just 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 understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:11 - For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:12 - If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.”
The Way of Folly
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:13 - A foolish woman is clamorous;
She is simple, and knows nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:14 - For she sits at the door of her house,
On a seat by the highest places of the city,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:15 - To call to those who pass by,
Who go straight on their way:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:16 - “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here”;
And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
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 are there,
That her guests are in the depths of hell.[fn]
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Or Sheol

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