1 – Doth not wisdom cry aloud, and prudence put forth her voice ?
2 – Standing in the top of the highest places by the way, in the midst of the paths.
3 – Beside the gates of the city, in the very doors she speaketh, saying:
4 – O ye men, to you I call, and my voice is to the sons of men.
5 – O little ones, understand subtilty, and ye unwise, take notice.
6 – Hear, for I will speak of great things: and my lips shall be opened to preach right things.
7 – My mouth shall meditate truth, and my lips shall hate wickedness.
8 – All my words are just, there is nothing wicked nor perverse in them.
9 – They are right to them that understand, and just to them that find knowledge.
10 – Receive my instruction, and not money: choose knowledge rather than gold.
11 – 11For wisdom is better than all the most precious things: and whatsoever may be desired cannot be compared to
12 – I wisdom dwell in counsel, and am present in learned thoughts.
13 – The fear of the Lord hateth evil: I hate arrogance, and pride, and every wicked way, and a mouth with a double tongue.
14 – Counsel and equity is mine, prudence is mine, strength is mine.
15 – By me kings reign, and lawgivers decree just things,
16 – By me princes rule, and the mighty decree justice.
17 – I love them that love me: and they that in the morning early watch for me, shall find me.
18 – With me are riches and glory, glorious riches and justice.
19 – For my fruit is better than gold and the precious stone, and my blossoms than choice silver.
20 – I walk in the way of justice, in the midst of the paths of judgment,
21 – That I may enrich them that love me, and may fill their treasures.
22 – The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before he made any thing from the beginning.
23 – I was set up from eternity, and of old before the earth was made.
24 – The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived. neither had the fountains of waters as yet sprung out:
25 – The mountains with their huge bulk had not as yet been established: before the hills I was brought forth:
26 – He had not yet made the earth, nor the rivers, nor the poles of the world.
27 – When he prepared the heavens, I was present: when with a certain law and compass he enclosed the depths:
28 – When he established the sky above, and poised the fountains of waters:
29 – When he compassed the sea with its bounds, and set a law to the waters that they should not pass their limits: when be balanced the foundations of the earth;
30 – I was with him forming all things: and was delighted every day, playing before him at all times;
31 – Playing in the world: and my delights were to be with the children of men.
32 – Now therefore, ye children, hear me: Blessed are they that keep my ways.
33 – Hear instruction and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 – Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates, and waiteth at the posts of my doors.
35 – He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord:
36 – But he that shall sin against me, shall hurt his own soul. All that hate me love death.
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