10 Fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom and to know the Holy One brings discernment. 11 Then I will multiply your days and increase your years of life. 12 If you are wise your wisdom will work to your advantage, but if you mock you alone will be harmed.
13 Lady Foolishness is impetuous, a simpleton who knows no thing. 14 She sits at the door of her house, on a throne in the central square of the city, 15 to invite all passersby, Come here, whoever is ignorant. 16 To the foolish she says, 17 Stolen waters are sweet and pilfered bread is the tastiest.
18 But he does not see the Shadow world lying there