Proverbs 08 01-36 ABV – Excellence
Does not wisdom call, and understanding lift up her voice?
She takes her stand, on top of the heights beside the way, where the paths meet;
beside the gates, at the opening to the city, at the entrance of the doors, she cries out:
To you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of men.
O simple ones, understand prudence; and, O fools, understand wisdom!
Listen, for I will speak noble things; and the opening of my lips teach right things.
For my mouth will speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips!
All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing deceptive or perverted in them.
They are all straightforward to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.
Receive my instruction and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold.
For wisdom is better than jewels; and all desirable things are not to be compared with it.
I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate.
Counsel and sound wisdom is mine; I am understanding, power is mine.
By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice.
By me princes rule, and nobles, all who judge righteously.
I love those who love me; and those who seek me early will find me.
Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness.
My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, and my revenue better than choice silver.
I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice,
giving wealth as an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries.
The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His older works.
I was established from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth began.
I was brought forth when there were no depths, when there were no springs abounding with water;
before the mountains were settled, before the hills I was brought forth;
while He had not yet made the earth and the fields, nor the first dust of the world.
When He established the heavens, I was there, when He inscribed a circle on the face of the depth;
when He placed the skies above, when He strengthened the springs of the deep,
when He set for the sea its boundary so that the water would not pass His command, when He laid out the foundations of the earth;
then I was beside Him, as a skilled workman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him;
rejoicing in His habitable part of his earth, and having my delight in the sons of men.
Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, for blessed are they who keep my ways!
Hear instruction and be wise, and do not avoid it.
Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting by the posts of my doors.
For he who finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord,
yet he who sins against me harms himself; all those who hate me love death.