1All wisdom comes from the Lord,
And is with him forever.
2The sand of the seas, and the drops of rain,
And the days of eternity, who shall count?
3The height of the heaven, and the breadth of the earth,
And the deep, and wisdom, who shall search them out?
4Wisdom has been created before all things,
And the understanding of prudence from everlasting. 5#Verses 5 and 7 are omitted by the best authorities
6To whom has the root of wisdom been revealed?
And who has known her shrewd counsels? 7#Verses 5 and 7 are omitted by the best authorities
8There is one wise, greatly to be feared,
The Lord sitting upon his throne:
9He created her,
And saw, and counted her,
And poured her out upon all his works.
10 She is with all flesh according to his gift;
And he gave her freely to them that love him.
11The fear of the Lord is glory, and exultation,
And gladness, and a crown of rejoicing.
12The fear of the Lord shall delight the heart,
And shall give gladness, and joy, and length of days.
13Whoso fears the Lord, it shall go well with him at the last,
And in the day of his death he shall be blessed.
14To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
And it was created together with the faithful in the womb.
15With men she #Gr. nested. laid an eternal foundation;
And with their seed shall she be had in trust.
16To fear the Lord is the fulness of wisdom;
And she satiateth men with her fruits.
17She shall fill all her house with desirable things,
And her garners with her produce.
18The fear of the Lord is the crown of wisdom,
Making peace and #Gr. health of cure. perfect health to flourish. #The remainder of this verse is omitted by the best authorities.
19He both saw and counted her;
He rained down skill and knowledge of understanding,
And exalted the honor of them that hold her fast.
20To fear the Lord is the root of wisdom;
And her branches are length of days. 21#Verse 21 is omitted by the best authorities.
22Unjust wrath can never be justified;
For the sway of his wrath is his downfall.
23A man that is longsuffering will #Most authorities read resist. bear #Or, until his season for a season,
And afterward gladness shall spring up to him;
24He will hide his words #Or, until his season for a season,
And the lips of many shall tell forth his understanding.
25A parable of knowledge is in the treasures of wisdom;
But godliness is an abomination to a sinner.
26If you desire wisdom, keep the commandments,
And the Lord shall give her to you freely:
27For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and instruction;
And in faith and meekness is his good pleasure.
28Disobey not the fear of the Lord;#The remainder of this line is omitted by the best authorities.
And come not to him with a double heart.
29Be not a hypocrite in the mouths of men;
And take good heed to your lips.
30Exalt not yourself, lest you fall,
And bring dishonor upon your soul;
And so the Lord shall reveal your secrets,
And shall cast you down in the midst of the congregation;
Because you came not to the fear of the Lord,
And your heart was full of deceit.