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Wisedome hath built her house, and hewen out her seuen pillars.
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She hath killed her vitailes, drawen her wine, and prepared her table.
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She hath sent forth her maydens and cryeth vpon the highest places of the citie, saying,
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Who so is simple, let him come hither, and to him that is destitute of wisedome, she sayth,
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Come, and eate of my meate, and drinke of the wine that I haue drawen.
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Forsake your way, ye foolish, and ye shall liue: and walke in the way of vnderstanding.
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He that reproueth a scorner, purchaseth to himselfe shame: and he that rebuketh the wicked, getteth himselfe a blot.
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Rebuke not a scorner, least he hate thee: but rebuke a wise man, and he will loue thee.
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Giue admonition to the wise, and he will be the wiser: teache a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
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The beginning of wisedome is the feare of the Lorde, and the knowledge of holy things, is vnderstanding.
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For thy dayes shalbe multiplied by me, and the yeeres of thy life shalbe augmented.
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If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thy selfe, and if thou be a scorner, thou alone shalt suffer.
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A foolish woman is troublesome: she is ignorant, and knoweth nothing.
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But she sitteth at the doore of her house on a seate in the hie places of the citie,
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To call them that passe by the way, that go right on their way, saying,
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Who so is simple, let him come hither, and to him that is destitute of wisedome, shee sayth also,
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Stollen waters are sweete, and hid bread is pleasant.
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But he knoweth not, that ye dead are there, and that her ghestes are in the depth of hell.