Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the
She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the
Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding
Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips
shall be right things.
For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my
All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward
or perverse in them.
They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find
Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice
11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the
things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil
way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than
I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill
The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no
fountains abounding with water.
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest
part of the dust of the world.
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the
face of the depth:
When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains
of the deep:
When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his
commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his
delight, rejoicing always before him;
Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with
the sons of men.
Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that
keep my ways.
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at
the posts of my doors.
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate
me love death.