8 Is not wisdom calling out?
Is not discernment raising its voice?+
3 Next to the gates leading into the city,
At the entrances of the doorways,
It keeps crying out loudly:+
6 Listen, for what I say is important,
My lips speak what is right;
7 For my mouth softly utters truth,
And my lips detest what is wicked.
8 All the sayings of my mouth are righteous.
None of them are twisted or crooked.
9 They are all straightforward to the discerning
And right to those who have found knowledge.
10 Take my discipline instead of silver,
And knowledge rather than the finest gold,+
All other desirable things cannot compare to it.
16 By me princes keep ruling,
And nobles judge in righteousness.
19 My fruitage is better than gold, even refined gold,
And what I produce is better than the finest silver.+
20 I walk in the path of righteousness,
In the middle of the pathways of justice;
21 I give a rich inheritance to those who love me,
And I fill up their storehouses.
When there were no springs overflowing with water.
25 Before the mountains were set in place,
Before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 When he had not yet made the earth and its fields
Or the first clods of earth’s soil.
When he founded the fountains of the deep,
29 When he set a decree for the sea
That its waters should not pass beyond his order,+
When he established* the foundations of the earth,
I was the one he was especially fond of+ day by day;
I rejoiced before him all the time;+
31 I rejoiced over his habitable earth,
And I was especially fond of the sons of men.*
32 And now, my sons, listen to me;
Yes, happy are those who keep my ways.
34 Happy is the man who listens to me
By coming early to* my doors day by day,
By waiting next to my doorposts;
And he receives approval from Jehovah.