8 Is not wisdom calling
and intelligence sending out her voice?
2 On the brows of wayside eminences,
at crossroads she takes her stand;
3 At the sides of gates, at the entrances of towns,
at the approaches to gateways she holloos
4 “To you, men, I call,
and my voice goes to humankind:
5 Appreciate shrewdness, simpletons;
fools, provide yourselves with brains.
6 Hear, for I will speak sound sense,
and what my lips are opened for shall be correct,
7 Because my throat breathes truth
and wrong is an abomination to my lips,
8 All that my mouth says is on the right side,
there is nothing tricky and crooked in it,
9 It is all obvious to a man of understanding
and plain to those who find knowledge.
10 Take my instruction and not silver—
knowledge is preferable to hard gold;
11 For wisdom is a better thing than coral
and all valuables are no equivalent for it.
13 The fear of Jehovah is the hate of what is bad;
pride and pretentiousness and a bad course
and a mischief-making mouth I hate.
14 Mine are sound policies and sensible ideas;
I am discretion, mine is power.
15 By me kings reign
and potentates prescribe the right;
16 By me generals command
and nobles, all the judges of earth.
17 I love those who love me,
and those who go in quest of me will find me.
18 Riches and honor I have on hand,
goodly resources and a right-doer’s standing.
19 My fruit is better than hard gold, red gold,
and the produce I reap is preferable to silver.
20 On a highway of right I walk,
on midmost paths of justice,
21 Dispensing assets to those who love me
and filling their coffers.
23 Of old I was constituted,
at first before the origins of earth.
25 Earlier than mountains I was planted,
before hills I came to birth,
26 When he had not made earth and open spaces
and the multitudinous particles of the soil of the world.
28 When he braced the ether above,
when he fortified the springs of the deep,
29 When he set his limit for the sea
and water does not overstep his dictate,
When he strengthened the foundations of earth,
30 I was master-workman at his side
And was taking my pleasure day by day,
playing before him at every time,
32 And now, sons, listen to me—
happy are those who keep on my courses.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
34 Happy a man who listens to me,
attent at my doors day by day,
watching the jambs of my portal,
35 Because he who finds me has found life
and obtained favor from Jehovah,
36 But he who sins against me is victimizing himself;
all who hate me love death.”