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.