|Does not wisdom call, |
does not understanding raise her voice?
|In praise of Wisdom. Pr.8.1-36|
|On the heights beside the way, |
in the paths she takes her stand;
|beside the gates in front of the town, |
at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
|"To you, O men, I call, |
and my cry is to the sons of men.
|O simple ones, learn prudence; |
O foolish men, pay attention.
|Hear, for I will speak noble things, |
and from my lips will come what is right;
|for my mouth will utter truth; |
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
|All the words of my mouth are righteous; |
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
|They are all straight to him who understands |
and right to those who find knowledge.
|Take my instruction instead of silver, |
and knowledge rather than choice gold;
|for wisdom is better than jewels, |
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
|I, wisdom, dwell in prudence, |
and I find knowledge and discretion.
|The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. |
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
|I have counsel and sound wisdom, |
I have insight, I have strength.
|By me kings reign, |
and rulers decree what is just;
|by me princes rule, |
and nobles govern the earth.
|I love those who love me, |
and those who seek me diligently find me.
|Riches and honor are with me, |
enduring wealth and prosperity.
|My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, |
and my yield than choice silver.
|I walk in the way of righteousness, |
in the paths of justice,
|endowing with wealth those who love me, |
and filling their treasuries.
|The LORD created me at the beginning of his work, |
the first of his acts of old.
|Ages ago I was set up, at the first, |
before the beginning of the earth.
|When there were no depths I was brought forth, |
when there were no springs abounding with water.
|Before the mountains had been shaped, |
before the hills, I was brought forth;
|before he had made the earth with its fields, |
or the first of the dust of the world.
|When he established the heavens, I was there, |
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
|when he made firm the skies above, |
when he established the fountains of the deep,
|when he assigned to the sea its limit, |
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
|then I was beside him, like a master workman; |
and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always,
|rejoicing in his inhabited world |
and delighting in the sons of men.
|And now, my sons, listen to me: |
happy are those who keep my ways.
|Hear instruction and be wise, |
and do not neglect it.
|Happy is the man who listens to me, |
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
|For he who finds me finds life |
and obtains favor from the LORD;
|but he who misses me injures himself;|
all who hate me love death."
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