1 Does not wisdom call out? Does not
understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she
takes her stand;
3 beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances,
she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all
5 You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish,
6 Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to
speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest
8 All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is
crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right; they are
faultless to those who have knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather
than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you
desire can compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess
knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and
arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding
15 By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just;
16 by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.
17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and
19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses
20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of
21 bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their
22 “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,
before his deeds of old;
23 I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before
the world began.
24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there
were no springs abounding with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place, before the
hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust
of the world.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he
marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above and fixed securely
the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not
overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations
of the earth.
30 Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with
delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.
32 “Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who
keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at
my doors, waiting at my doorway.
35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from
36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate
me love death.”