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Proverbs 9 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:1 - Wisdom has built her house;
she has carved its seven columns.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:2 - She has prepared a great banquet,
mixed the wines, and set the table.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:3 - She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come.
She calls out from the heights overlooking the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:4 - “Come in with me,” she urges the simple.
To those who lack good judgment, she says,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:5 - “Come, eat my food,
and drink the wine I have mixed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:6 - Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live;
learn to use good judgment.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:7 - Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return.
Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:8 - So don’t bother correcting mockers;
they will only hate you.
But correct the wise,
and they will love you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:9 - Instruct the wise,
and they will be even wiser.
Teach the righteous,
and they will learn even more.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:10 - Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom.
Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:11 - Wisdom will multiply your days
and add years to your life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:12 - If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit.
If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.
Folly Calls for a Hearing
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:13 - The woman named Folly is brash.
She is ignorant and doesn’t know it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:14 - She sits in her doorway
on the heights overlooking the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:15 - She calls out to men going by
who are minding their own business.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:16 - “Come in with me,” she urges the simple.
To those who lack good judgment, she says,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:17 - “Stolen water is refreshing;
food eaten in secret tastes the best!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 9:18 - But little do they know that the dead are there.
Her guests are in the depths of the grave.[fn]
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew in Sheol.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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

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