1 Lady Wisdom has built her house;
she has carved out her seven pillars.
2 She has slaughtered her meat;
she has mixed her wine;
indeed, she has prepared her table.
3 She has sent out her female servants;
she calls out from the tops of the heights of the town,
4 “Whoever is naïve, let him turn in here.”
To the one lacking sense, she says,
5 “Come! Eat my bread
and drink my wine that I have mixed.
6 Leave your naïve ways and live.
And go straight ahead on the road of understanding.”
7 The one who rebukes a mocker receives for himself shame,
and the one who reproves a wicked person brings injury upon himself.
8 Do not reprove a mocker or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man and he will go on being wise;
teach a righteous man and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of Yahweh is the starting point of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is the starting point of understanding.
11 For by mea your days will be multiplied,
and years of life will be added to you.
12 If you are wise, you are wise for your own benefit;
and if you mock, you will bear the consequence by yourself.
13 Lady Folly is boisterous,
lacking in understanding, and does not know anything.
14 And she sits at the entrance of her house,
on a throne at the heights of the city,
15 calling out to those passing by on the road,
to the ones making their paths straight,
16 “Whoever is naïve, let him turn in here.”
And she says to the one lacking sense,
17 “Stolen waters are sweet,
and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18 But he does not know that the dead are there;
the ones who have accepted her invitation are in the depths of Sheol.