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Wisdom Appeals at the Gates

Does not wisdom cry out,
and understanding lift her voice?
On the topmost heights along the way,
at the crossroads, she takes her stand.
Beside the gates leading into the city,
at the entrances, she cries aloud:
“To you, O men, I call out!
My cry is to all mankind!
O naïve ones, learn prudence!
Fools, gain understanding!
Listen, for I speak excellent things,
and my lips utter right things.
For my mouth speaks truth,
and my lips detest wickedness.
All the words of my mouth are righteous,
Nothing in them is perverse or crooked.
All of them are straightforward to the discerning,
and right to those who find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction instead of silver
and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11 For wisdom is better than jewels,
nothing you desire compares with her.

12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
and acquire knowledge with discretion.
13 To fear Adonai is to hate evil.
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and a perverse mouth.
14 Counsel and sound wisdom are mine.
I have understanding and power.
15 By me kings reign
and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes govern,
and all nobles who judge righteously.
17 I love those who love me.
Those who earnestly seek me find me.[a]
18 With me are wealth and honor,
enduring riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than refined gold,
my harvest better than choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
along paths of justice.
21 I endow substance to those who love me
and fill their treasuries.

Wisdom Before Creation

22 Adonai brought me forth,
the first of His way,
before His works of old.
23 From eternity I was appointed
from the beginning, before the world began.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth,
when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth.
26 He had not yet made the land,
the fields, or the first dust of the earth.
27 When He set the heavens in place, I was there.
When He inscribed the horizon on the face of the ocean,
28 when He established the skies above,
when He securely fixed the fountains of the deep,
29 when He set the boundaries for the sea,
so that the waters never transgress His command,
when He laid out earth’s foundations—
30 then I was the craftsman beside Him,
I was His daily delight, always rejoicing before Him,
31 rejoicing in His whole world,
    and delighting in mankind.

32 “So now, children, listen to me!
Blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Heed discipline and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
34 Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting at my doorposts.
35 For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from Adonai.
36 But whoever fails to find me harms his life—
all who hate me love death.”


  1. Proverbs 8:17 cf. Matt. 7:8.