The Message

Proverbs 9

Lady Wisdom Gives a Dinner Party

11-6 Lady Wisdom has built and furnished her home;
    it’s supported by seven hewn timbers.
The banquet meal is ready to be served: lamb roasted,
    wine poured out, table set with silver and flowers.
Having dismissed her serving maids,
    Lady Wisdom goes to town, stands in a prominent place,
    and invites everyone within sound of her voice:
“Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on?
    Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me!
I’ve prepared a wonderful spread—fresh-baked bread,
    roast lamb, carefully selected wines.
Leave your impoverished confusion and live!
    Walk up the street to a life with meaning.”

7-12 If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you’ll get slapped in the face;
    confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins.
So don’t waste your time on a scoffer;
    all you’ll get for your pains is abuse.
But if you correct those who care about life,
    that’s different—they’ll love you for it!
Save your breath for the wise—they’ll be wiser for it;
    tell good people what you know—they’ll profit from it.
Skilled living gets its start in the Fear-of-God,
    insight into life from knowing a Holy God.
It’s through me, Lady Wisdom, that your life deepens,
    and the years of your life ripen.
Live wisely and wisdom will permeate your life;
    mock life and life will mock you.

Madame Whore Calls Out, Too

13-18 Then there’s this other woman, Madame Whore—
    brazen, empty-headed, frivolous.
She sits on the front porch
    of her house on Main Street,
And as people walk by minding
    their own business, calls out,
“Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on?
    Steal off with me, I’ll show you a good time!
    No one will ever know—I’ll give you the time of your life.”
But they don’t know about all the skeletons in her closet,
    that all her guests end up in hell.

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Ordsprogene 9

Visdommen og dårskaben

1Visdommen har bygget et stort palads
    med syv smukt udskårne søjler.
Bordet er dækket til fest
    med lækker mad og udsøgte vine.
Tjenerne er ude at indbyde folk,
    de kalder fra byens højdedrag:
„Kom, I enfoldige mennesker,
    hvis I ønsker at få indsigt.
Kom med til visdommens fest
    og smag den udsøgte vin.
Opgiv jeres tåbelige tanker,
    lær at blive vise, så I kan leve ret.”
Det er farligt at irettesætte de hovmodige,
    at undervise dem giver kun problemer.
Hvis du prøver at belære de hovmodige, vil de hade dig,
    men de vise sætter pris på en tilrettevisning.
Vejled de vise, så bliver de endnu visere.
    Undervis de kloge, og deres lærdom forøges.

10 Ærefrygt for Herren fører til visdom,
    at kende den hellige Gud giver forstand.
11 Visdom forlænger ens levetid,
    der lægges flere år til ens liv.
12 Når du er vis, er det til dit eget bedste,
    vrager du visdom, skader du dig selv.

13 Dårskab er som en trodsig kvinde,
    ganske tåbelig og uden forstand.
14 Hun sidder i sin gadedør og venter,
    mens hun ser ud over byen.
15 Hun kalder på dem, der går forbi,
    mens de er fordybet i egne tanker:
16 „Kom indenfor, I uvidende,
    hvis I ønsker at lære noget.
17 Den forbudte frugt smager bedst,
    det er herligt at have hemmeligheder!”
18 Den naive ved ikke, at det fører til død,
    at alle hendes gæster ender i graven.