Doth not wisdom cry?4 and understanding put forth4 her voice?
She standeth8 in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
She crieth4 at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
Unto you, O men, I call;4 and my voice [is] to the sons of man.
O ye simple, understand54 wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding54 heart.
Hear;3 for I will speak17 of excellent things; and the opening of my lips [shall be] right things.
For my mouth shall speak4 truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips.
All the words of my mouth [are] in righteousness; [there is] nothing froward12 or perverse in them.
They [are] all plain to him that understandeth,56 and right to them that find6 knowledge.
Receive3 my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice12 gold.
For wisdom [is] better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared4 to it.
I wisdom dwell1 with prudence, and find out4 knowledge of witty inventions.
The fear of the LORD [is] to hate2 evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.1
Counsel [is] mine, and sound wisdom: I [am] understanding; I have strength.
By me kings reign,4 and princes6 decree25 justice.
By me princes rule,4 and nobles, [even] all the judges6 of the earth.
I love4 them that love6 me; and those that seek me early18 shall find4 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 choice12 silver.
I lead17 in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
That I may cause those that love6 me to inherit53 substance; and I will fill17 their treasures.
The LORD possessed1 me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
I was set up8 from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth;49 when [there were] no fountains abounding12 with water.
Before the mountains were settled,90 before the hills was I brought forth:49
While as yet he had not made1 the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
When he prepared53 the heavens, I [was] there: when he set2 a compass upon the face of the depth:
When he established15 the clouds above: when he strengthened2 the fountains of the deep:
When he gave2 to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass4 his commandment: when he appointed2 the foundations of the earth:
Then I was by him, [as] one brought up [with him]: and I was daily 3117 [his] delight, rejoicing18 always before him;
Rejoicing18 in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights [were] with the sons of men.
Now therefore hearken3 unto me, O ye children: for blessed [are they that] keep4 my ways.
Hear3 instruction, and be wise,3 and refuse4 it not.
Blessed [is] the man that heareth6 me, watching2 daily 3117 at my gates, waiting2 at the posts of my doors.
For whoso findeth6 me findeth1 4672 6 life, and shall obtain55 favour of the LORD.
But he that sinneth6 against me wrongeth6 his own soul: all they that hate18 me love1 death.