1 Wisdom has built her house with its seven columns.
2 She has prepared the meat and set out the wine. Her feast is ready.
3 She has sent her servant women to announce her invitation from the highest hills:
4 "Everyone who is ignorant or foolish is invited!
5 All of you are welcome to my meat and wine.
6 If you want to live, give up your foolishness and let understanding guide your steps."
7 Correct a worthless bragger, and all you will get are insults and injuries.
8 Any bragger you correct will only hate you. But if you correct someone who has common sense, you will be loved.
9 If you have good sense, instruction will help you to have even better sense. And if you live right, education will help you to know even more.
10 Respect and obey the LORD! This is the beginning of wisdom. To have understanding, you must know the Holy God.
11 I am Wisdom. If you follow me, you will live a long time.
12 Good sense is good for you, but if you brag, you hurt yourself.
13 Stupidity is reckless, senseless, and foolish.
14 She sits in front of her house and on the highest hills in the town.
15 She shouts to everyone who passes by,
16 "If you are stupid, come on inside!" And to every fool she says,
17 "Stolen water tastes best, and the food you eat in secret tastes best of all."
18 None who listen to Stupidity understand that her guests are as good as dead.
The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary