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The Appeal of Wisdom58
8:1 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
8:2 At the top1 of the elevated places along the way,
at the intersection2 of the paths she takes her stand;
8:3 beside the gates opening into3 the city,
at the entrance of the doorways she cries out:4
8:4 “To you, O people,5 I call out,
8:5 You who are naive, discern8 wisdom!
And you fools, understand discernment!9
8:6 Listen, for I will speak excellent things,10
and my lips will utter11 what is right.
8:8 All the words of my mouth are righteous;16
there is nothing in them twisted17 or crooked.
8:9 All of them are clear18 to the discerning
and upright to those who find knowledge.
and knowledge rather than choice gold.
and desirable things cannot be compared21 to her.
8:12 “I, wisdom, live with prudence,22
and I find23 knowledge and discretion.
8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate24 evil;
I hate arrogant pride25 and the evil way
and perverse utterances.26
8:14 Counsel and sound wisdom belong to me;27
I possess understanding and might.
8:17 I love32 those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
long-lasting wealth and righteousness.
8:19 My fruit is better than the purest gold,33
and what I produce34 is better than choice silver.
in the pathway of justice,
8:21 that I may cause35 those who love me to inherit wealth,
before his deeds of long ago.
8:23 From eternity I was appointed,41
from the beginning, from before the world existed.42
when there were no springs overflowing45 with water;
before the hills—I was born,
8:26 before he made the earth and its fields,46
or the beginning47 of the dust of the world.
when he marked out the horizon48 over the face of the deep,
when the fountains of the deep grew strong,49
that the waters should not pass over his command,50
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
and I was his delight53 day by day,
rejoicing before him at all times,
8:31 rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth,54
8:32 “So now, children,57 listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
and do not neglect it.
8:34 Blessed is the one60 who listens to me,
watching61 at my doors day by day,
8:35 For the one who finds me finds64 life
and receives65 favor from the Lord.
all who hate me69 love death.”
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