Proverbs 9Contemporary English Version (CEV)

Wisdom Gives a Feast

9 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.”

True Wisdom

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.[a]

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.

A Foolish Invitation

13 Stupidity[b] 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


    that her guests

    are as good as dead.