Wisdom Appeals at the Gates
1Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift her voice?
2On the topmost heights along the way, at the crossroads, she takes her stand.
3Beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud:
4“To you, O men, I call out! My cry is to all mankind!
5O naïve ones, learn prudence! Fools, gain understanding!
6Listen, for I speak excellent things, and my lips utter right things.
7For my mouth speaks truth, and my lips detest wickedness.
8All the words of my mouth are righteous, Nothing in them is perverse or crooked.
9All of them are straightforward to the discerning, and right to those who find knowledge.
10Receive my instruction instead of silver and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11For wisdom is better than jewels, nothing you desire compares with her.
12“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and acquire knowledge with discretion.
13To fear Adonai is to hate evil. I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and a perverse mouth.
14Counsel and sound wisdom are mine. I have understanding and power.
15By me kings reign and princes decree justice.
16By me princes govern, and all nobles who judge righteously.
17I love those who love me. Those who earnestly seek me find me.
18With me are wealth and honor, enduring riches and righteousness.
19My fruit is better than refined gold, my harvest better than choice silver.
20I walk in the way of righteousness, along paths of justice.
21I endow substance to those who love me and fill their treasuries.
Wisdom Before Creation
22“Adonai brought me forth, the first of His way, before His works of old.
23From eternity I was appointed from the beginning, before the world began.
24When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25Before the mountains were shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth.
26He had not yet made the land, the fields, or the first dust of the earth.
27When He set the heavens in place, I was there. When He inscribed the horizon on the face of the ocean,
28when He established the skies above, when He securely fixed the fountains of the deep,
29when He set the boundaries for the sea, so that the waters never transgress His command, when He laid out earth’s foundations—
30then I was the craftsman beside Him, I was His daily delight, always rejoicing before Him,
31rejoicing in His whole world, and delighting in mankind.
32“So now, children, listen to me! Blessed are those who keep my ways.
33Heed discipline and be wise, and do not neglect it.
34Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts.
35For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from Adonai.
36But whoever fails to find me harms his life— all who hate me love death.”