The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 9:1–18

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

Wisdom has built a house for herself, and set up seven pillars.

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

She has immolated her victims. She has mixed her wine and set forth her table.

She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mingled her wine; she has also prepared her table.

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

She has sent forth her servants, calling with a loud proclamation to the feast, saying,

She has sent her maids to call out to the tower and to the fortified walls of the city,

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

“If anyone is little, let him come to me.” And to the unwise, she has said

Whosoever is simple, let him come to me; as for him who lacks understanding, she said to him,

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

“Approach. Eat my bread, and drink the wine that I have mixed for you.

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

Leave folly, that ye may reign for ever; and seek wisdom, and improve understanding by knowledge.

Leave behind childishness. And live and walk by the ways of prudence.”

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

Correction for a bad man brings disgrace; the wicked man is rebuked by his own blemish.

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

Rebuke not evil men, lest they should hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Do not be willing to argue with a mocker, lest he hate you. Dispute with the wise, and he will love you.

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

Give an opportunity to a wise man, and he will be wiser: instruct a just man, and he will receive more instruction.

Present an opportunity to the wise, and wisdom shall be added to him. Teach the just, and he will hurry to receive it.

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

10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the counsel of saints is understanding: for to know the law is the character of a sound mind.

10  The reverence of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the righteous is understanding.

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

11  For in this way thou shalt live long, and years of thy life shall be added to thee.

11  For by me, your days will be multiplied and years of life will be added to you.

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

12  Son, if thou be wise for thyself, thou shalt also be wise for thy neighbours; and if thou shouldest prove wicked, thou alone wilt bear the evil. He that stays himself upon falsehoods, attempts to rule the winds, and the same will pursue birds in their fight: for he has forsaken the ways of his own vineyard, and he has caused the axles of his own husbandry to go astray; and he goes through a dry desert, and a land appointed to drought, and he gathers barrenness with his hands.

12  If you would be wise, you will be so for yourself. But if you would be one who ridicules, you alone shall carry the evil.

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

13  A foolish and bold woman, who knows not modesty, comes to want a morsel.

13  He who denies things falsely feeds on winds and pursues fowl of the air; for he has forsaken the way to his vineyard and the paths of his labor, to journey in the wilderness without water; in the places that are trodden he travels thirsty and gains nothing.

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

14  She sits at the doors of her house, on a seat openly in the streets,

14  A foolish woman is enticing; she does not know what shame is; she sits at the door of her home on a high seat,

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

15  calling to passers by, and to those that are going right on their ways;

15  so as to call to those who were passing by the way and continuing on their journey

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

16  saying, Whoso is most senseless of you, let him turn aside to me; and I exhort those that want prudence, saying,

16  “Whoever is little, let him turn aside to me.” And to the frenzied, she said,

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

17  Take and enjoy secret bread, and the sweet water of theft.

17  “Stolen waters are more soothing, and secret bread is more pleasant.”

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

18  But he knows that mighty men die by her, and he falls in with a snare of hell. But hasten away, delay not in the place, neither fix thine eye upon her: for thus shalt thou go through strange water; but do thou abstain from strange water, and drink not of a strange fountain, that thou mayest live long, and years of life may be added to thee.

18  And he did not know that giants are there, and that her companions are in the depths of Hell.