The Two Banquets*
1Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven columns; 2She has dressed her meat, mixed her wine, yes, she has spread her table. 3She has sent out her maidens; she calls* from the heights out over the city: v Prv 8, 1f . 4Let whoever is simple turn in here; to him who lacks understanding, I say, 5Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed! 6Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding. 11For by me your days will be multiplied and the years of your life increased.” w Prv 3, 2. 16; 4, 10; 10, 27 .
7He who corrects an arrogant man earns insult; and he who reproves a wicked man incurs opprobrium. 8Reprove not an arrogant man, lest he hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. x Sir 10, 27 . 9Instruct a wise man, and he becomes still wiser; teach a just man, and he advances in learning.
10The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the LORD and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. y Prv 1, 7; Jb 28, 28; Ps 111, 10; Sir 1, 16 . 12If you are wise, it is to your own advantage; and if you are arrogant, you alone shall bear it.
13The woman Folly is fickle, z 13–18; Prv, 7, 7–27 . she is inane, and knows nothing. 14She sits at the door of her house upon a seat on the city heights, 15Calling to passers‐by as they go on their straight way: 16“Let whoever is simple turn in here, or who lacks understanding; for to him I say, 17Stolen water is sweet, and bread gotten secretly is pleasing!”* 18Little he knows that the shades are there, that in the depths of the nether world are her guests!*