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Proverbs 9:1-10 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Wisdom’s Feast

Wisdom has built her house,
she has set up[a] her seven pillars.
She has slaughtered her beasts, she has mixed her wine,
    she has also set her table.
She has sent out her maids to call
    from the highest places in the town,
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
    To him who is without sense she says,
“Come, eat of my bread
    and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Leave simpleness,[b] and live,
    and walk in the way of insight.”

General Maxims

He who corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
    and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
    reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction[c] to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
    teach a righteous man and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.


  1. Proverbs 9:1 Gk Syr Tg: Heb hewn
  2. Proverbs 9:6 Gk Syr Vg Tg: Heb simple ones
  3. Proverbs 9:9 Heb lacks instruction
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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