1 Listen as Wisdom calls out!
Hear as understanding raises her voice!
she takes her stand at the crossroads.
on the road leading in, she cries aloud,
I raise my voice to all people.
You foolish people, show some understanding.
Everything I say is right,
and detest every kind of deception.
There is nothing devious or crooked in it.
clear to those with knowledge.
and knowledge rather than pure gold.
Nothing you desire can compare with it.
I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.
Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance,
corruption and perverse speech.
Insight and strength are mine.
and rulers make just decrees.
and nobles make righteous judgments.*
Those who search will surely find me.
as well as enduring wealth and justice.
my wages better than sterling silver!
in paths of justice.
I will fill their treasuries.
before he created anything else.
at the very first, before the earth began.
before the springs bubbled forth their waters.
before the hills, I was born—
and the first handfuls of soil.
when he drew the horizon on the oceans.
when he established springs deep in the earth.
so they would not spread beyond their boundaries.
And when he marked off the earth’s foundations,
I was his constant delight,
rejoicing always in his presence.
how I rejoiced with the human family!
32 “And so, my children,* listen to me,
for all who follow my ways are joyful.
Don’t ignore it.
watching for me daily at my gates,
waiting for me outside my home!
and receives favor from the Lord.
All who hate me love death.”
8:16 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Greek version read and nobles are judges over the earth.
8:32 Hebrew my sons.