The Way of Folly
t The woman Folly is u loud;
she is seductive and v knows nothing.
She sits at the door of her house;
she takes a seat on w the highest places of the town,
calling to those who pass by,
who are x going straight on their way,
y "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!"
And to him who lacks sense she says,
z "Stolen water is sweet,
and a bread eaten in secret is pleasant."
But he does not know b that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
Proverbs 9:13 - 18
The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing.
Proverbs 7:7 - 27
And I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense.
She is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home.
She does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.
She has sent out her young women to call from the highest places in the town.
Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.
Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks sense she says.
Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well.
Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.
This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, "I have done no wrong.
Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.