Bible: Proverbs 8
The Appeal of Wisdom 1
8:1 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
8:2 At the top 2 of the elevated places along the way,
at the intersection 3 of the paths she takes her stand;
8:3 beside the gates opening into 4 the city,
at the entrance of the doorways she cries out: 5
8:4 “To you, O people, 6 I call out,
8:5 You who are naive, discern 9 wisdom!
And you fools, understand discernment! 10
8:6 Listen, for I will speak excellent things, 11
and my lips will utter 12 what is right.
8:8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; 17
there is nothing in them twisted 18 or crooked.
8:9 All of them are clear 19 to the discerning
and upright to those who find knowledge.
and knowledge rather than choice gold.
8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies,
and desirable things cannot be compared 22 to her.
8:12 “I, wisdom, live with prudence, 23
and I find 24 knowledge and discretion.
8:13 The fear of the
I hate arrogant pride 26 and the evil way
and perverse utterances. 27
8:14 Counsel and sound wisdom belong to me; 28
I possess understanding and might.
8:15 Kings reign by means of me,
8:16 by me princes rule,
8:17 I love 33 those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
8:18 Riches and honor are with me,
long-lasting wealth and righteousness.
8:19 My fruit is better than the purest gold, 34
and what I produce 35 is better than choice silver.
8:20 I walk in the path of righteousness,
in the pathway of justice,
8:21 that I may cause 36 those who love me to inherit wealth,
before his deeds of long ago.
8:23 From eternity I was appointed, 42
from the beginning, from before the world existed. 43
when there were no springs overflowing 46 with water;
8:25 before the mountains were set in place –
before the hills – I was born,
8:26 before he made the earth and its fields, 47
or the beginning 48 of the dust of the world.
8:27 When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he marked out the horizon 49 over the face of the deep,
8:28 when he established the clouds above,
when the fountains of the deep grew strong, 50
8:29 when he gave the sea his decree
that the waters should not pass over his command, 51
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
and I was his delight 54 day by day,
rejoicing before him at all times,
8:31 rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth, 55
8:32 “So now, children, 58 listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
and do not neglect it.
8:34 Blessed is the one 61 who listens to me,
watching 62 at my doors day by day,
8:35 For the one who finds me finds 65 life
and receives 66 favor from the
all who hate me 70 love death.”