8 1DOES NOT skillful and godly Wisdom cry out, and understanding raise her voice [in contrast to the loose woman]? 2On the top of the heights beside the way, where the paths meet, stands Wisdom [skillful and godly]; 3At the gates at the entrance of the town, at the coming in at the doors, she cries out: 4To you, O men, I call, and my voice is directed to the sons of men. 5O you simple and thoughtless ones, understand prudence; you [self-confident] fools, be of an understanding heart. 6Hear, for I will speak excellent and princely things; and the opening of my lips shall be for right things. 7For my mouth shall utter truth, and wrongdoing is detestable and loathsome to my lips. 8All the words of my mouth are righteous (upright and in right standing with God); there is nothing contrary to truth or crooked in them. 9They are all plain to him who understands [and opens his heart], and right to those who find knowledge [and live by it]. 10Receive my instruction in preference to [striving for] silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, 11For skillful and godly Wisdom is better than rubies or pearls, and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. 12I, Wisdom [from God], make prudence my dwelling, and I find out knowledge and discretion. 13The reverent fear and worshipful awe of the Lord [includes] the hatred of evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way, and perverted and twisted speech I hate. 14I have counsel and sound knowledge, I have understanding, I have might and power. 15By me kings reign and rulers decree justice. 16By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges and governors of the earth. 17I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me. 18Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation, and right standing with God). 19My fruit is better than gold, yes, than refined gold, and my increase than choice silver. 20I [Wisdom] walk in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation), in the midst of the paths of justice, 21That I may cause those who love me to inherit [true] riches and that I may fill their treasuries. 22The Lord formed and brought me [Wisdom] forth at the beginning of His way, before His acts of old. 23I [Wisdom] was inaugurated and ordained from everlasting, from the beginning, before ever the earth existed. 24When there were no deeps, I was brought forth, when there were no fountains laden with water. 25Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth, 26While as yet He had not made the land or the fields or the first of the dust of the earth. 27When He prepared the heavens, I [Wisdom] was there; when He drew a circle upon the face of the deep and stretched out the firmament over it, 28When He made firm the skies above, when He established the fountains of the deep, 29When He gave to the sea its limit and His decree that the waters should not transgress [across the boundaries set by] His command, when He appointed the foundations of the earth-- 30Then I [Wisdom] was [J]beside Him as a master and director of the work; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always, 31Rejoicing in His inhabited earth and delighting in the sons of men. 32Now therefore listen to me, O you sons; for blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who keep my ways. 33Hear instruction and be wise, and do not refuse or neglect it. 34Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. 35For whoever finds me [Wisdom] finds life and draws forth and obtains favor from the Lord. 36But he who misses me or sins against me wrongs and injures himself; all who hate me love and court death.
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