8 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 At the top 1 of the elevated places along the way,
at the intersection 2 of the paths she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates opening into 3 the city,
at the entrance of the doorways she cries out: 4
4 “To you, O people, 5 I call out,
and my voice calls 6 to all mankind. 7
5 You who are naive, discern 8 wisdom!
And you fools, understand discernment! 9
6 Listen, for I will speak excellent things, 10
and my lips will utter 11 what is right.
7 For my mouth 12 speaks truth, 13
and my lips 14 hate wickedness. 15
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; 16
there is nothing in them twisted 17 or crooked.
9 All of them are clear 18 to the discerning
and upright to those who find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction 19 rather than 20 silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11 For wisdom is better than rubies,
and desirable things cannot be compared 21 to her.
12 “I, wisdom, live with prudence, 22
and I find 23 knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the Lord is to hate 24 evil;
I hate arrogant pride 25 and the evil way
and perverse utterances. 26
14 Counsel and sound wisdom belong to me; 27
I possess understanding and might.
15 Kings reign by means of me,
and potentates 28 decree 29 righteousness;
16 by me princes rule,
as well as nobles and 30 all righteous judges. 31
17 I love 32 those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me,
long-lasting wealth and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than the purest gold, 33
and what I produce 34 is better than choice silver.
20 I walk in the path of righteousness,
in the pathway of justice,
21 that I may cause 35 those who love me to inherit wealth,
and that I may fill 36 their treasuries. 37
22 The Lord created 38 me as the beginning 39 of his works, 40
before his deeds of long ago.
23 From eternity I was appointed, 41
from the beginning, from before the world existed. 42
24 When there were no deep oceans 43 I was born, 44
when there were no springs overflowing 45 with water;
25 before the mountains were set in place –
before the hills – I was born,
26 before he made the earth and its fields, 46
or the beginning 47 of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he marked out the horizon 48 over the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above,
when the fountains of the deep grew strong, 49
29 when he gave the sea his decree
that the waters should not pass over his command, 50
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was 51 beside him as a master craftsman, 52
and I was his delight 53 day by day,
rejoicing before him at all times,
31 rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth, 54
and delighting 55 in its people. 56
32 “So now, children, 57 listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction 58 so that you may be wise, 59
and do not neglect it.
34 Blessed is the one 60 who listens to me,
watching 61 at my doors day by day,
waiting 62 beside my doorway. 63
35 For the one who finds me finds 64 life
and receives 65 favor from the Lord.
36 But the one who does not find me 66 brings harm 67 to himself; 68
all who hate me 69 love death.”
9 Wisdom has built her house;
she has carved out its seven pillars. 1
2 She has prepared her meat, 2 she has mixed her wine;
she also has arranged her table. 3
3 She has sent out her female servants;
she calls out on the highest places 4 of the city.
4 “Whoever is naive, let him turn in here,”
she says 5 to those 6 who lack understanding. 7
5 “Come, eat 8 some of my food,
and drink some of the wine I have mixed. 9
6 Abandon your foolish ways 10 so that you may live, 11
and proceed 12 in the way of understanding.”
7 Whoever corrects 13 a mocker is asking for 14 insult; 15
whoever reproves a wicked person receives 16 abuse.
8 Do not reprove 17 a mocker or 18 he will hate you;
reprove a wise person and he will love you.
9 Give instruction 19 to a wise person, 20 and he will become wiser still;
teach 21 a righteous person and he will add to his 22 learning.
10 The beginning 23 of wisdom is to fear the Lord, 24
and acknowledging 25 the Holy One 26 is understanding.
11 For because 27 of me your days will be many,
and years will be added 28 to your life.
12 If you are wise, you are wise to your own advantage, 29
but if you are a mocker, 30 you alone must 31 bear it. 32
13 The woman called Folly 33 is brash, 34
she is naive 35 and does not know 36 anything. 37
14 So she sits at the door of her house,
on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 calling out 38 to those who are passing by her 39 in the way, 40
who go straight 41 on their way.
16 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here,”
she says to those who lack understanding. 42
17 “Stolen waters 43 are sweet,
and food obtained in secret 44 is pleasant!”
18 But they do not realize 45 that the dead 46 are there,
that her guests are in the depths of the grave. 47
10 The Proverbs of Solomon:
A wise child 1 makes a father rejoice, 2
but a foolish child 3 is a grief to his mother. 4
2 Treasures gained by wickedness 5 do not profit,
but righteousness 6 delivers from mortal danger. 7
3 The Lord satisfies 8 the appetite 9 of the righteous,
but he thwarts 10 the craving 11 of the wicked.
4 The one who is lazy 12 becomes poor, 13
but the one who works diligently 14 becomes wealthy. 15
5 The one who gathers crops 16 in the summer is a wise 17 son,
but the one who sleeps 18 during the harvest
is a son who brings shame to himself. 19
6 Blessings 20 are on the head of the righteous,
but the speech 21 of the wicked conceals 22 violence. 23
7 The memory 24 of the righteous is a blessing,
but the reputation 25 of the wicked will rot. 26
8 The wise person 27 accepts instructions, 28
but the one who speaks foolishness 29 will come to ruin. 30
9 The one who conducts himself 31 in integrity 32 will live 33 securely,
but the one who behaves perversely 34 will be found out.
10 The one who winks 35 his 36 eye causes 37 trouble,
and the one who speaks foolishness 38 will come to ruin.
11 The teaching 39 of the righteous is a fountain of life, 40
but the speech 41 of the wicked conceals 42 violence. 43
12 Hatred 44 stirs up dissension,
but love covers all transgressions. 45
13 Wisdom is found in the words 46 of the discerning person, 47
but the one who lacks wisdom 48 will be disciplined. 49
14 Those who are wise 50 store up 51 knowledge,
but foolish speech 52 leads to imminent 53 destruction.
15 The wealth of a rich person is like 54 a fortified city, 55
but the poor are brought to ruin 56 by 57 their poverty.
16 The reward 58 which the righteous receive 59 is life;
the recompense 60 which the wicked receive 61 is judgment. 62
17 The one who heeds instruction 63 is on the way to 64 life,
but the one who rejects 65 rebuke goes astray.
18 The one who conceals hatred utters lies, 66
and the one who spreads 67 slander 68 is certainly 69 a fool.
19 When words abound, transgression is inevitable, 70
but the one who restrains 71 his words 72 is wise.
20 What the righteous say 73 is like 74 the best 75 silver,
but what the wicked think 76 is of little value. 77
21 The teaching 78 of the righteous feeds 79 many,
but fools die 80 for lack of wisdom. 81
22 The blessing 82 from the Lord 83 makes a person rich, 84
and he adds no sorrow 85 to 86 it.
23 Carrying out a wicked scheme 87 is enjoyable 88 to a fool,
and so is wisdom for the one who has discernment. 89
24 What the wicked fears 90 will come on him;
what the righteous desire 91 will be granted. 92
25 When the storm 93 passes through, the wicked are swept away, 94
but the righteous are an everlasting foundation. 95
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and like smoke to the eyes, 96
so is the sluggard to those 97 who send him.
27 Fearing the Lord 98 prolongs life, 99
but the life span 100 of the wicked will be shortened. 101
28 The hope 102 of the righteous is joy,
but the expectation of the wicked will remain unfulfilled. 103
29 The way of the Lord 104 is like 105 a stronghold for the upright, 106
but it is destruction 107 to evildoers. 108
30 The righteous will never be moved,
but the wicked will not inhabit the land. 109
31 The speech 110 of the righteous bears the fruit of wisdom, 111
but the one who speaks perversion 112 will be destroyed. 113
32 The lips of the righteous know 114 what is pleasing, 115
but the speech 116 of the wicked is perverse.