8 Doth not wisdom cry aloud? And understanding send forth her voice?
2 At the top of the high places above the way, At the place where paths meet she taketh her stand:
3 Beside the gates at the entrance of the city,—At the going in of the openings she shouteth:—
4 Unto you O men I call, And my voice is unto the sons of men;
5 Understand, ye simple ones, shrewdness, And ye dullards understand sense;
6 Hear for princely things will I speak, And the opening of my lips shall be of equity;
7 For faithfulness shall my mouth softly utter, But the abomination of my lips shall be lawlessness;
8 In righteousness shall be all the sayings of my mouth, Nothing therein shall be crafty or perverse;
9 All of them shall be plain to them who would understand, And just to such as would gain knowledge.
10 Receive my correction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold.
11 For better is wisdom than ornaments of coral, And no delightful things can equal her.
12 I wisdom inhabit shrewdness,—And the knowledge of sagacious things I gain.
13 The reverence of Yahweh is to hate wickedness: Pride, arrogance and the way of wickedness; And a mouth of perverse things do I hate.
14 Mine are counsel and effective working, I am understanding, mine is valour:
15 By me kings reign, And dignitaries decree righteousness;
16 By me rulers govern, And nobles—all the righteous judges:
17 I love them who love me, And they who diligently seek me find me:
18 Riches and honour are with me, Lordly wealth, and righteousness;
19 Better is my fruit than gold—yea fine gold, And mine increase than choice silver;
20 In the way of righteousness I march along, In the middle of the paths of justice:
21 That I may cause them who love me to inherit substance, And their treasuries I may fill.
22 Yahweh had constituted me the beginning of his way, Before his works At the commencement of that time;
23 At the outset of the ages had I been established, In advance of the antiquities of the earth;
24 When there was no resounding deep I had been brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water;
25 Ere yet the mountains had been settled, Before the hills had I been brought forth;
26 Or ever he had made the land and the wastes, Or the top of the dry parts of the world:
27 When he prepared the heavens there was I! When he decreed a vault upon the face of the resounding deep;
28 When he made firm the skies above, When the fountains of the resounding deep waxed strong;
29 When he fixed for the sea its bound That the waters should not go beyond his bidding, When he decreed the foundations of the earth:—
30 Then became I beside him a firm and sure worker, Then became I filled with delight day by day, Exulting before him on every occasion;
31 Exulting in the fruitful land of his earth, Yea my fulness of delight was with the sons of men.
32 Now therefore ye sons hearken to me, For how happy are they who to my ways pay regard!
33 Hear ye correction and be wise, And do not neglect.
34 How happy the man that doth hearken to me,—Keeping guard at my doors day by day, Watching at the posts of my gates;
35 For he that findeth me findeth life, And hath obtained favour from Yahweh;
36 But he that misseth me wrongeth his own soul, All who hate me love death.