WISDOM has built her house,
She has hewn out her seven pillars;
She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine;
She has also set her table;
She has sent out her maidens, she calls
From the tops of the heights of the city:
“Whoever is naïve, let him turn in here!”
To him who lacks understanding she says,
“Come, eat of my food,
And drink of the wine I have mixed.
“Forsake your folly and live,
And proceed in the way of understanding.”
The woman of folly is boisterous,
She is naïve, and knows nothing.
And she sits at the doorway of her house,
On a seat by the high places of the city,
Calling to those who pass by,
Who are making their paths straight:
“Whoever is naïve, let him turn in here,”
And to him who lacks understanding she says,
“Stolen water is sweet;
And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
But he does not know that the dead are there,
That her guests are in the depths of Sheol.