9:1 Wisdom has built her house. She has carved out her seven pillars.
9:2 She has prepared her meat. She has mixed her wine. She has also set her table.
9:3 She has sent out her maidens. She cries from the highest places of the city:
9:4 "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" As for him who is void of understanding, she says to him,
9:5 "Come, eat some of my bread, Drink some of the wine which I have mixed!
9:6 Leave your simple ways, and live. Walk in the way of understanding."
9:7 He who corrects a mocker invites insult. He who reproves a wicked man invites abuse.
9:8 Don't reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
9:9 Instruct a wise man, and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
9:10 The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom. The knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
9:11 For by me your days will be multiplied. The years of your life will be increased.
9:12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself. If you mock, you alone will bear it.
9:13 The foolish woman is loud, Undisciplined, and knows nothing.
9:14 She sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
9:15 To call to those who pass by, who go straight on their ways,
9:16 "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here." as for him who is void of understanding, she says to him,
9:17 "Stolen water is sweet. Food eaten in secret is pleasant."
9:18 But he doesn't know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.