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Proverbs 9

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1Wisdom has made her house, putting up her seven pillars.
2She has put her fat beasts to death; her wine is mixed, her table is ready.
3She has sent out her women-servants; her voice goes out to the highest places of the town, saying,
4Whoever is simple, let him come in here; and to him who has no sense, she says:
5Come, take of my bread, and of my wine which is mixed.
6Give up the simple ones and have life, and go in the way of knowledge.
7He who gives teaching to a man of pride gets shame for himself; he who says sharp words to a sinner gets a bad name.
8Do not say sharp words to a man of pride, or he will have hate for you; make them clear to a wise man, and you will be dear to him.
9Give teaching to a wise man, and he will become wiser; give training to an upright man, and his learning will be increased.
10The fear of the Lord is the start of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One gives a wise mind
11For by me your days will be increased, and the years of your life will be long.
12If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if your heart is full of pride, you only will have the pain of it.
13The foolish woman is full of noise; she has no sense at all.
14Seated at the door of her house, in the high places of the town,
15Crying out to those who go by, going straight on their way, she says:
16Whoever is simple, let him come in here: and to him who is without sense, she says:
17Drink taken without right is sweet, and food in secret is pleasing.
18But he does not see that the dead are there, that her guests are in the deep places of the underworld.