8 Doesn’t wisdomb call out?
Doesn’t understanding make her voice heard?
at the crossroads, she takes her stand.
3 Beside the gatesc leading into the city,
at the main entrance, she cries out:
my cry is to the children of Adam.
develop common sense, you who are foolish.
and what my lips say is right.
7 For my mouth tells the truth,d
and wickedness is detestable to my lips.
none of them are deceptive or perverse.e
9 All of them are clear to the perceptive,f
and right to those who discover knowledge.
and knowledge rather than pure gold.g
11 For wisdom is better than jewels,h
and nothing desirable can equal it.i
and have knowledge and discretion.j
13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil.k
I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct,
and perverse speech.
14 I possess good advice and sound wisdom;A
I have understanding and strength.l
15 It is by me that kings reignm
and rulers enact just law;
as do nobles and all righteous judges.B
17 I love those who love me,n
and those who search for me find me.o
18 With me are riches and honor,p
lasting wealth and righteousness.q
and my harvest than pure silver.r
along the paths of justice,
and filling their treasuries.
22 “The Lord acquiredC me
at the beginning of his creation,D
before his works of long ago.s
23 I was formedE before ancient times,
from the beginning, before the earth began.t
when there were no watery depthsu
and no springs filled with water.
were established, prior to the hills,v I was given birth—
or the first soil on earth.
27 I was there when he established the heavens,w
when he laid out the horizon on the surface of the ocean,x
when the fountains of the ocean gushed out,
so that the waters would not violate his command,y
when he laid out the foundations of the earth.z
I was hisG delight every day,
always rejoicing before him.
31 I was rejoicing in his inhabited world,ab
delighting in the children of Adam.ac
those who keep my ways are happy.ad
33 Listen to instruction and be wise;ae
don’t ignore it.
34 Anyone who listens to me is happy,af
watching at my doors every day,
waiting by the posts of my doorway.
35 For the one who finds me finds lifeag
and obtains favor from the Lord,ah
all who hate me love death.”b
Or possessed, or made
Or a confidant, or a child, or was constantly
Or who sins against me