13The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing. (Pr 5:6; Pr 7:7; Pr 7:11)14She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on the highest places of the town, (Pr 9:3)15calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way, (Pr 9:6)16“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” And to him who lacks sense she says, (Pr 9:4)17“Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” (Pr 5:15; Pr 20:17; Pr 30:20)18But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol. (Pr 7:27)
New International Version
Invitations of Wisdom and Folly
1Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars.2She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table.3She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city,4“Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have no sense she says,5“Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed.6Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.”7Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.8Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.9Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.10The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.11For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.12If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.13Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing.14She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city,15calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way,16“Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have no sense she says,17“Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!”18But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.
King James Version
1Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:2She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.3She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,4Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,5Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.6Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.7He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.8Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.9Give instruction to a wise man , and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man , and he will increase in learning.10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.11For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.12If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it .13A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.14For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,15To call passengers who go right on their ways:16Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,17Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.18But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
New Int. Readers Version
Wisdom and Foolishness Call Out
1Wisdom has built her house. She has made its seven pillars.2She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine. She has also set her table.3She has sent out her female servants. She calls out from the highest point of the city.4She says, “Let all who are childish come in here!” She speaks to those who have no sense.5“Come and eat my food. Drink the wine I have mixed.6Leave your childish ways and you will live. Walk in the way that leads to understanding.7“When you correct someone who makes fun of others, you might be laughed at. When you warn a sinner, you might get hurt.8Don't warn those who make fun of others. They will hate you. Warn those who are wise. They will love you.9Teach a wise man. He will become even wiser. Teach a person who does right. He will learn even more.10“If you really want to become wise, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. To know the Holy One is to gain understanding.11Through me, you will live a long time. Years will be added to your life.12If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you. If you make fun of others, you alone will suffer.”13The woman called Foolishness is loud. She doesn't control herself. She doesn't know anything.14She sits at the door of her house. She sits at the highest point of the city.15She calls out to those who pass by. She calls out to those who go straight on their way.16She says, “Let all who are childish come in here!” She speaks to those who have no sense.17She says, “Stolen water is sweet. Food eaten in secret tastes good!”18But they don't know that dead people are there. They don't know that her guests are in the deepest parts of the grave.