8 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 At the top 2 of the elevated places along the way,
at the intersection 3 of the paths she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates opening into 4 the city,
at the entrance of the doorways she cries out: 5
4 “To you, O people, 6 I call out,
and my voice calls 7 to all mankind. 8
5 You who are naive, discern 9 wisdom!
And you fools, understand discernment! 10
6 Listen, for I will speak excellent things, 11
and my lips will utter 12 what is right.
7 For my mouth 13 speaks truth, 14
and my lips 15 hate wickedness. 16
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; 17
there is nothing in them twisted 18 or crooked.
9 All of them are clear 19 to the discerning
and upright to those who find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction 20 rather than 21 silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11 For wisdom is better than rubies,
and desirable things cannot be compared 22 to her.
12 “I, wisdom, live with prudence, 23
and I find 24 knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the Lord is to hate 25 evil;
I hate arrogant pride 26 and the evil way
and perverse utterances. 27
14 Counsel and sound wisdom belong to me; 28
I possess understanding and might.
15 Kings reign by means of me,
and potentates 29 decree 30 righteousness;
16 by me princes rule,
as well as nobles and 31 all righteous judges. 32
17 I love 33 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, 34
and what I produce 35 is better than choice silver.
20 I walk in the path of righteousness,
in the pathway of justice,
21 that I may cause 36 those who love me to inherit wealth,
and that I may fill 37 their treasuries. 38
22 The Lord created 39 me as the beginning 40 of his works, 41
before his deeds of long ago.
23 From eternity I was appointed, 42
from the beginning, from before the world existed. 43
24 When there were no deep oceans 44 I was born, 45
when there were no springs overflowing 46 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, 47
or the beginning 48 of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he marked out the horizon 49 over the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above,
when the fountains of the deep grew strong, 50
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,
30 then I was 52 beside him as a master craftsman, 53
and I was his delight 54 day by day,
rejoicing before him at all times,
31 rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth, 55
and delighting 56 in its people. 57
32 “So now, children, 58 listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction 59 so that you may be wise, 60
and do not neglect it.
34 Blessed is the one 61 who listens to me,
watching 62 at my doors day by day,
waiting 63 beside my doorway. 64
35 For the one who finds me finds 65 life
and receives 66 favor from the Lord.
36 But the one who does not find me 67 brings harm 68 to himself; 69
all who hate me 70 love death.”
The Consequences of Accepting Wisdom or Folly 1
9 Wisdom has built her house;
she has carved out its seven pillars. 2
2 She has prepared her meat, 3 she has mixed her wine;
she also has arranged her table. 4
3 She has sent out her female servants;
she calls out on the highest places 5 of the city.
4 “Whoever is naive, let him turn in here,”
she says 6 to those 7 who lack understanding. 8
5 “Come, eat 9 some of my food,
and drink some of the wine I have mixed. 10
6 Abandon your foolish ways 11 so that you may live, 12
and proceed 13 in the way of understanding.”
7 Whoever corrects 14 a mocker is asking for 15 insult; 16
whoever reproves a wicked person receives 17 abuse.
8 Do not reprove 18 a mocker or 19 he will hate you;
reprove a wise person and he will love you.
9 Give instruction 20 to a wise person, 21 and he will become wiser still;
teach 22 a righteous person and he will add to his 23 learning.
10 The beginning 24 of wisdom is to fear the Lord, 25
and acknowledging 26 the Holy One 27 is understanding.
11 For because 28 of me your days will be many,
and years will be added 29 to your life.
12 If you are wise, you are wise to your own advantage, 30
but if you are a mocker, 31 you alone must 32 bear it. 33
13 The woman called Folly 34 is brash, 35
she is naive 36 and does not know 37 anything. 38
14 So she sits at the door of her house,
on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 calling out 39 to those who are passing by her 40 in the way, 41
who go straight 42 on their way.
16 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here,”
she says to those who lack understanding. 43
17 “Stolen waters 44 are sweet,
and food obtained in secret 45 is pleasant!”
18 But they do not realize 46 that the dead 47 are there,
that her guests are in the depths of the grave. 48
The First Collection of Solomonic Proverbs 1
10 The Proverbs of Solomon:
A wise child 2 makes a father rejoice, 3
but a foolish child 4 is a grief to his mother. 5
2 Treasures gained by wickedness 6 do not profit,
but righteousness 7 delivers from mortal danger. 8
3 The Lord satisfies 9 the appetite 10 of the righteous,
but he thwarts 11 the craving 12 of the wicked.
4 The one who is lazy 13 becomes poor, 14
but the one who works diligently 15 becomes wealthy. 16
5 The one who gathers crops 17 in the summer is a wise 18 son,
but the one who sleeps 19 during the harvest
is a son who brings shame to himself. 20
6 Blessings 21 are on the head of the righteous,
but the speech 22 of the wicked conceals 23 violence. 24
7 The memory 25 of the righteous is a blessing,
but the reputation 26 of the wicked will rot. 27
8 The wise person 28 accepts instructions, 29
but the one who speaks foolishness 30 will come to ruin. 31
9 The one who conducts himself 32 in integrity 33 will live 34 securely,
but the one who behaves perversely 35 will be found out.
10 The one who winks 36 his 37 eye causes 38 trouble,
and the one who speaks foolishness 39 will come to ruin.
11 The teaching 40 of the righteous is a fountain of life, 41
but the speech 42 of the wicked conceals 43 violence. 44
12 Hatred 45 stirs up dissension,
but love covers all transgressions. 46
13 Wisdom is found in the words 47 of the discerning person, 48
but the one who lacks wisdom 49 will be disciplined. 50
14 Those who are wise 51 store up 52 knowledge,
but foolish speech 53 leads to imminent 54 destruction.
15 The wealth of a rich person is like 55 a fortified city, 56
but the poor are brought to ruin 57 by 58 their poverty.
16 The reward 59 which the righteous receive 60 is life;
the recompense 61 which the wicked receive 62 is judgment. 63
17 The one who heeds instruction 64 is on the way to 65 life,
but the one who rejects 66 rebuke goes astray.
18 The one who conceals hatred utters lies, 67
and the one who spreads 68 slander 69 is certainly 70 a fool.
19 When words abound, transgression is inevitable, 71
but the one who restrains 72 his words 73 is wise.
20 What the righteous say 74 is like 75 the best 76 silver,
but what the wicked think 77 is of little value. 78
21 The teaching 79 of the righteous feeds 80 many,
but fools die 81 for lack of wisdom. 82
22 The blessing 83 from the Lord 84 makes a person rich, 85
and he adds no sorrow 86 to 87 it.
23 Carrying out a wicked scheme 88 is enjoyable 89 to a fool,
and so is wisdom for the one who has discernment. 90
24 What the wicked fears 91 will come on him;
what the righteous desire 92 will be granted. 93
25 When the storm 94 passes through, the wicked are swept away, 95
but the righteous are an everlasting foundation. 96
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and like smoke to the eyes, 97
so is the sluggard to those 98 who send him.
27 Fearing the Lord 99 prolongs life, 100
but the life span 101 of the wicked will be shortened. 102
28 The hope 103 of the righteous is joy,
but the expectation of the wicked will remain unfulfilled. 104
29 The way of the Lord 105 is like 106 a stronghold for the upright, 107
but it is destruction 108 to evildoers. 109
30 The righteous will never be moved,
but the wicked will not inhabit the land. 110
31 The speech 111 of the righteous bears the fruit of wisdom, 112
but the one who speaks perversion 113 will be destroyed. 114
32 The lips of the righteous know 115 what is pleasing, 116
but the speech 117 of the wicked is perverse.