Wisdom Gives a Feast 9 1Wisdom has built her house with its seven columns. 2She has prepared the meat and set out the wine. Her feast is ready. 3She has sent her servant women to announce her invitation from the highest hills: 4“Everyone who is ignorant or foolish is invited! 5All of you are welcome to my meat and wine. 6If you want to live, give up your foolishness and let understanding guide your steps.” True Wisdom 7Correct a worthless bragger, and all you will get are insults and injuries. 8Any bragger you correct will only hate you. But if you correct someone who has common sense, you will be loved. 9If you have good sense, instruction will help you to have even better sense. And if you live right, education will help you to know even more. 10 Respect and obey the LORD! This is the beginning of wisdom.[N] To have understanding, you must know the Holy God. 11I am Wisdom. If you follow me, you will live a long time. 12Good sense is good for you, but if you brag, you hurt yourself. A Foolish Invitation 13Stupidity[O] is reckless, senseless, and foolish. 14She sits in front of her house and on the highest hills in the town. 15She shouts to everyone who passes by, 16“If you are stupid, come on inside!” And to every fool she says, 17“Stolen water tastes best, and the food you eat in secret tastes best of all.” 18None who listen to Stupidity understand that her guests are as good as dead.
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