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Chapter 9

9:1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars;

9:2 She hath prepared her meat, she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.

9:3 She hath sent forth her maidens, she calleth, upon the highest places of the city:

9:4 'Whoso is thoughtless, let him turn in hither'; as for him that lacketh understanding, she saith to him:

9:5 'Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.

9:6 Forsake all thoughtlessness, and live; and walk in the way of understanding.

9:7 He that correcteth a scorner getteth to himself shame, and he that reproveth a wicked man, it becometh unto him a blot.

9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; reprove a wise man, and he will love thee.

9:9 Give to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the All-holy is understanding.

9:11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

9:12 If thou art wise, thou art wise for thyself; and if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.'

9:13 The woman Folly is riotous; she is thoughtless, and knoweth nothing.

9:14 And she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,

9:15 To call to them that pass by, who go right on their ways:

9:16 'Whoso is thoughtless, let him turn in hither'; and as for him that lacketh understanding, she saith to him:

9:17 'Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.'

9:18 But he knoweth not that the shades are there; that her guests are in the depths of the nether-world.

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