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9 Revised Standard Version BHS Hebrew Text Reference
Wisdom has built her house,
she has set up her seven pillars.
חָכְמֹות בָּנְתָה בֵיתָהּ חָצְבָה עַמּוּדֶיהָ שִׁבְעָה׃ Wisdom & simpleness. Pr.9.1-18
She has slaughtered her beasts,
she has mixed her wine,
she has also set her table.
טָבְחָה טִבְחָהּ מָסְכָה יֵינָהּ אַף עָרְכָה שֻׁלְחָנָהּ׃  
She has sent out her maids to call
from the highest places in the town,
שָׁלְחָה נַעֲרֹתֶיהָ תִקְרָא עַל־גַּפֵּי מְרֹמֵי קָרֶת׃  
"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!"
To him who is without sense she says,
מִי־פֶתִי יָסֻר הֵנָּה חֲסַר־לֵב אָמְרָה לֹּו׃  
"Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
לְכוּ לַחֲמוּ בְלַחֲמִי וּשְׁתוּ בְּיַיִן מָסָכְתִּי׃  
Leave simpleness, and live,
and walk in the way of insight."
עִזְבוּ פְתָאיִם וִחְיוּ וְאִשְׁרוּ בְּדֶרֶךְ בִּינָה׃  
He who corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
יֹסֵר לֵץ לֹקֵחַ לֹו קָלֹון וּמֹוכִיחַ לְרָשָׁע מוּמֹו׃  
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
אַל־תֹּוכַח לֵץ פֶּן־יִשְׂנָאֶךָּ הֹוכַח לְחָכָם וְיֶאֱהָבֶךָּ׃  
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man and he will increase in learning.
תֵּן לְחָכָם וְיֶחְכַּם־עֹוד הֹודַע לְצַדִּיק וְיֹוסֶף לֶקַח׃ ף  
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
תְּחִלַּת חָכְמָה יִרְאַת יְהוָה וְדַעַת קְדֹשִׁים בִּינָה׃  
For by me your days will be multiplied,
and years will be added to your life.
כִּי־בִי יִרְבּוּ יָמֶיךָ וְיֹוסִיפוּ לְּךָ שְׁנֹות חַיִּים׃  
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;
if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
אִם־חָכַמְתָּ חָכַמְתָּ לָּךְ וְלַצְתָּ לְבַדְּךָ תִשָּׂא׃  
A foolish woman is noisy;
she is wanton and knows no shame.
אֵשֶׁת כְּסִילוּת הֹמִיָּה פְּתַיּוּת וּבַל־יָדְעָה מָּה׃  
She sits at the door of her house,
she takes a seat on the high places of the town,
וְיָשְׁבָה לְפֶתַח בֵּיתָהּ עַל־כִּסֵּא מְרֹמֵי קָרֶת׃  
calling to those who pass by,
who are going straight on their way,
לִקְרֹא לְעֹבְרֵי־דָרֶךְ הַמְיַשְּׁרִים אֹרְחֹותָם׃  
"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!"
And to him who is without sense she says,
מִי־פֶתִי יָסֻר הֵנָּה וַחֲסַר־לֵב וְאָמְרָה לֹּו׃  
"Stolen water is sweet,
and bread eaten in secret is pleasant."
מַיִם־גְּנוּבִים יִמְתָּקוּ וְלֶחֶם סְתָרִים יִנְעָם׃  
But he does not know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
וְלֹא־יָדַע כִּי־רְפָאִים שָׁם בְּעִמְקֵי שְׁאֹול קְרֻאֶיהָ׃ ף  
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Notes: Documentary sources have been extracted from (1) "An Introduction to the Old Testament " by Oesterley & Robinson (1955 ed.), & (2) "Who Wrote the Bible" © Richard Friedman, 1987, Jonathan Cape Ltd.
© Paul Ingram 2006.