8 ·Wisdom calls to you like someone shouting [L Does not Wisdom call out?]; ·understanding raises [Does not Understanding raise…?] her voice. 2 On the ·hilltops [L top of the high places] along the road and at the crossroads, she ·stands calling [takes her stand]. 3 Beside the city gates, at the entrances into the city, she calls out: 4 “Listen, ·everyone [men], I’m calling out to you; ·I am shouting [my voice goes out] to all ·people [L the sons of humanity]. 5 You who are ·uneducated [simpleminded; immature; naive], ·seek wisdom [understand prudence]. You who are foolish, ·get understanding [L take this to heart]. 6 Listen, because I have ·important [noble] things to say, and what I tell you is ·right [virtuous]. 7 ·What I say is true [L My mouth utters the truth], ·I refuse to speak evil [L my lips despise wickedness]. 8 ·Everything I say is honest [L All the speeches of my mouth are righteous]; nothing I say is ·crooked [twisted] or ·false [perverse]. 9 People ·with good sense [who understand] know what I say is ·true [straightforward]; and those ·with [L who seek] knowledge know my words are ·right [virtuous]. 10 ·Choose [Take] my ·teachings [instructions; discipline] instead of silver, and knowledge rather than ·the finest [choice] gold. 11 Wisdom is more precious than ·rubies [or pearls]. Nothing ·you could want is equal to [is more delightful than] it.
12 “I am Wisdom, and I ·have good judgment [dwell with prudence]. I also have knowledge and ·good sense [discretion]. 13 ·If you respect the Lord, you will also [L Those who fear/have awe for the Lord] hate evil. I hate pride and ·bragging [arrogance], ·evil ways [L the path of evil] and ·lies [L a perverse mouth]. 14 I have advice and ·good sense [resourcefulness; ability], and I have understanding and ·power [strength]. 15 ·I help kings to govern [L By me kings reign] and ·rulers [princes] ·to make fair laws [issue just decrees]. 16 ·Princes use me to lead [L By me rulers rule], and ·so do all important people who [nobles] judge fairly [Deut. 34:9; 1 Kin. 3:1–15; Ezra 7:25; Col. 1:16]. 17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. 18 Riches and honor are mine to give. So are lasting wealth and ·success [or righteousness]. 19 What I give is better than gold, even the finest gold, my ·results [yield] better than the purest silver. 20 I ·do what is right [L walk on the way of righteousness] ·and follow [L in the midst of] the path of justice. 21 I ·give wealth to those who love me [L cause those who love me to inherit substance], filling their houses with treasures.
22 “The Lord ·begot [or acquired; possessed] me ·when he began his work [L at the beginning of his path], long before he made anything else. 23 I was ·created [formed; woven; or appointed] in the very beginning, even before the world began. 24 I was ·born [brought forth] ·before there were oceans [L when there were no deeps], or springs ·overflowing [heavy] with water, 25 before the hills were ·there [L settled], before the mountains I was ·born [brought forth]. 26 God had not made the earth or ·fields [open country], not even the first ·dust [mud clods; soil] of the earth. 27 I was there when God ·put the skies in place [established the heavens], when he ·stretched [decreed] the horizon over the ·oceans [deep], 28 when he ·made [thickened; strengthened] the clouds above and put the deep underground springs in place. 29 I was there when he ·ordered [decreed] the sea not to go beyond the borders he had set. I was there when he ·laid [decreed] the earth’s foundation. 30 I was like a ·child [nursling; or craftsman; architect] by his side. I was ·delighted [playing] every day, ·enjoying [laughing in] his presence all the time, 31 ·enjoying [laughing with the inhabitants of] the whole world, and ·delighted [playing] with all its people [John 1:1–3; Col. 1:15; C Jesus is associated with personified Wisdom in that both were present with God during creation].
32 “Now, my ·children [L sons], listen to me, because those who ·follow my ways [guard my path] are happy. 33 Listen to my ·teaching [instruction], and you will be wise; do not ·ignore [avoid] it. 34 Happy are those who listen to me, watching at my door every day, ·waiting at my open doorway [L guarding my doorposts]. 35 Those who find me find life, and ·the Lord will be pleased with them [they gain favor from the Lord]. 36 Those who ·do not find [miss; or offend] me hurt themselves. Those who hate me love death.”
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