does not understanding raise her voice?
in the paths she takes her stand;
at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
and my cry is to the sons of men.
O foolish men, pay attention.
and from my lips will come what is right;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
and right to those who find knowledge.
and knowledge rather than choice gold;
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
12 I, wisdom, dwell in prudence,g
and I find knowledge and discretion.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
and perverted speech I hate.
I have insight, I have strength.
and rulers decree what is just;
and nobles governh the earth.
and those who seek me diligently find me.
enduring wealth and prosperity.
and my yield than choice silver.
in the paths of justice,
and filling their treasuries.
22 The Lord created me at the beginning of his work,i
the first of his acts of old.
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
when there were no springs abounding with water.
before the hills, I was brought forth;
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,j
or the first of the dustj of the world.
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
when he establishedj the fountains of the deep,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master workman;l
and I was daily his* delight,
rejoicing before him always,
and delighting in the sons of men.
happy are those who keep my ways.
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
and obtains favor from the Lord;
all who hate me love death.”
About The Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition
This edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible has been prepared for use by Catholics by a committee of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain. It is an authorized revision of the American Standard Version, published in 1901.
The Catholic Edition of the New Testament, copyright Copyright 1965; The Catholic Edition of the Old Testament, incorporating the Apocrypha, copyright Copyright 1966 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America.