1Wisdom is calling!
Understanding is raising her voice!
2On the heights along the road,
where the paths meet, she is standing;
3by the gates leading into the city,
at the entrances, she cries aloud:
4“People, I am calling you,
raising my voice to all mankind.
5You who don’t direct your lives,
as for you, you fools,
get some common sense!
6“Listen! I will say worthwhile things;
when I speak, my words are right.
7My mouth says what is true,
because my lips detest evil.
8All the words from my mouth are righteous;
nothing false or crooked is in them.
9They are all clear to those who understand
and straightforward to those who gain knowledge.
10Receive my instruction, rather than silver;
knowledge, rather than the finest gold.
11For wisdom is better than pearls;
nothing you want can compare with her.
12“I, wisdom, live together with caution;
I attain knowledge and discretion.
13The fear of Adonai is hatred of evil.
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil ways and duplicitous speech.
14Good advice is mine, and common sense;
I am insight, power is mine.
15By me kings reign,
and princes make just laws.
16By me princes govern,
nobles too, and all the earth’s rulers.
17I love those who love me;
and those who seek me will find me.
18Riches and honor are with me,
lasting wealth and righteousness.
19My fruit is better than gold, fine gold,
my produce better than the finest silver.
20I follow the course of righteousness
along the paths of justice,
21to endow with wealth those who love me
and fill their treasuries.
22“Adonai made me as the beginning of his way,
the first of his ancient works.
23I was appointed before the world,
before the start, before the earth’s beginnings.
24When I was brought forth, there were no ocean depths,
no springs brimming with water.
25I was brought forth before the hills,
before the mountains had settled in place;
26he had not yet made the earth, the fields,
or even the earth’s first grains of dust.
27When he established the heavens, I was there.
When he drew the horizon’s circle on the deep,
28when he set the skies above in place,
when the fountains of the deep poured forth,
29when he prescribed boundaries for the sea,
so that its water would not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30I was with him as someone he could trust.
For me, every day was pure delight,
as I played in his presence all the time,.
31playing everywhere on his earth,
and delighting to be with humankind.
32“Therefore, children, listen to me:
happy are those who keep my ways.
33Hear instruction, and grow wise;
do not refuse it.
34How happy the person who listens to me,
who watches daily at my gates
and waits outside my doors.
35For he who finds me finds life
and obtains the favor of Adonai.
36But he who misses me harms himself;
all who hate me love death.”