Listen to Wisdom
1Wisdom calls to you like someone shouting;
understanding raises her voice.
2On the hilltops along the road
and at the crossroads, she stands calling.
3Beside the city gates,
at the entrances into the city, she calls out:
4“Listen, everyone, I’m calling out to you;
I am shouting to all people.
5You who are uneducated, seek wisdom.
You who are foolish, get understanding.
6Listen, because I have important things to say,
and what I tell you is right.
7What I say is true,
I refuse to speak evil.
8Everything I say is honest;
nothing I say is crooked or false.
9People with good sense know what I say is true;
and those with knowledge know my words are right.
10Choose my teachings instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than the finest gold.
11Wisdom is more precious than rubies.
Nothing you could want is equal to it.
12“I am wisdom, and I have good judgment.
I also have knowledge and good sense.
13If you respect the Lord, you will also hate evil.
I hate pride and bragging,
evil ways and lies.
14I have good sense and advice,
and I have understanding and power.
15I help kings to govern
and rulers to make fair laws.
16Princes use me to lead,
and so do all important people who judge fairly.
17I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
18Riches and honor are mine to give.
So are wealth and lasting success.
19What I give is better than the finest gold,
better than the purest silver.
20I do what is right
and follow the path of justice.
21I give wealth to those who love me,
filling their houses with treasures.
22“I, wisdom, was with the Lord when he began his work,
long before he made anything else.
23I was created in the very beginning,
even before the world began.
24I was born before there were oceans,
or springs overflowing with water,
25before the hills were there,
before the mountains were put in place.
26God had not made the earth or fields,
not even the first dust of the earth.
27I was there when God put the skies in place,
when he stretched the horizon over the oceans,
28when he made the clouds above
and put the deep underground springs in place.
29I was there when he ordered the sea
not to go beyond the borders he had set.
I was there when he laid the earth’s foundation.
30I was like a child by his side.
I was delighted every day,
enjoying his presence all the time,
31enjoying the whole world,
and delighted with all its people.
32“Now, my children, listen to me,
because those who follow my ways are happy.
33Listen to my teaching, and you will be wise;
do not ignore it.
34Happy are those who listen to me,
watching at my door every day,
waiting at my open doorway.
35Those who find me find life,
and the Lord will be pleased with them.
36Those who do not find me hurt themselves.
Those who hate me love death.”