Two Ways to Live – Wisdom or Folly

Steve Price
15th July 2018

Two Ways to Live – Wisdom or Folly

Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn out its seven pillars.
She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
She has sent out her maids, and she calls
from the highest point of the city.

    ‘Let all who are simple come in here!’
she says to those who lack judgement.
    ‘Come, eat my food
and drink the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways and you will live;
walk in the way of understanding.’

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.
Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;
rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.

13 The woman Folly loud;
she is undisciplined and without knowledge.
14 She sits at the door of her house,
on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 calling out to those who pass by,
who go straight on their way.

16     ‘Let all who are simple come in here!’ she says to those who lack judgement.
17     ‘Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!’
18 But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the depths of the grave.