Proverbs 9:16-17

[15 [Folly is] calling out to those who pass by,

   who go straight on their way,]

16     “Let all who are simple come to my house!”

To those who have no sense she says,

17     “Stolen water is sweet;

   food eaten in secret is delicious!”

 

 Here Folly steals Wisdom’s words (v. 4), in her attempt to rob the futures of the simple. Wisdom offers her own wine, while Folly speaks of stolen water. Wisdom nourishes her guests with food she has prepared, while Folly uses hunger and thirst to entice them to theft and seclusion. Wisdom promises life and insight to those who leave their simple ways; Folly promises pleasure with no mention of the cost.  

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