1 Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud:
4 "To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding.
6 Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
12 "I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power.
15 By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just;
16 by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth. a]">[a]
17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.
23 I was appointed d]">[d] from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.
24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30 Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.
32 "Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.
36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."
- Proverbs 8:16 Many Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts and nobles-all righteous rulers
- Proverbs 8:22 Or way ; or dominion
- Proverbs 8:22 Or The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work ; or The LORD brought me forth at the beginning of his work
- Proverbs 8:23 Or fashioned
Wisdom personified. 20 personal acts:
1. Cries (8:1-3)
2. Stands (8:2)
3. Calls (8:4)
4. Speaks (8:4-9, 18)
5. Reproves (8:5)
6. Abhors sin (8:7)
7. Admonishes (8:10)
8. Searches (8:12)
9. Hates (8:13)
10. Counsels (8:14)
11. Advises (8:15)
12. Loves (8:17)
13. Leads (8:20)
14. Blesses (8:21)
15. Rejoices (8:30)
16. Delights (8:31)
17. Builds (9:1)
18. Cooks (9:2)
19. Plans (9:3)
20. Invites (9:5)
"17" better things in Proverbs:
1. Wisdom better than gold (3:14; 8:19)
2. Wisdom better than silver (3:14; 8:19)
3. Wisdom better than rubies (3:15; 8:11)
4. A despised man better than one who honors himself (12:9)
5. A little with fear of God is better than treasures with trouble (15:16)
6. A dinner of herbs with love is better tha afeast where hatred is (15:17)
7. A man slow to anger is better than a hot-tempered might man (16:32)
8. A man who rules his spirit is better than an intemperate hero (16:32)
9. A morsel of bread with quietness is better than a feast with strife (17:1)
10.An honest poor man is better than a fool with perverse lips (19:1)
11.A poor man is better than a liar (19:22)
12.It is better to dwell alone in a small place than in a large one with a brawling woman (21:9; 25:24)
13.It is better to dwell in the wilderness than with an angry and contentious woman (21:19)
14.It is better to be exalted than to be abased before men (25:7)
15.An open rebuke is better than secret love (27:5)
16.A near neighbor is better than a far-off brother (27:10)
17.A righteous poor man is better than a wicked rich man (28:6)
4 things the fear of God: Hatred of:
1. Evil (v 13)
2. The evil way (v 13)
3. Arrogancy (13)
4. Pride (v 13)
5 examples of loving wisdom:
1. Joseph (Genesis 37:2-17; 39:3-9; 41:38)
2. Samuel (1 Samuel 2:26; 7:3-17)
3. David (1 Samuel 17:37-46)
4. Solomon (1 Kings 3)
5. Daniel (1:1-21; 5:1-31)
Wisdom existed before:
1. God's creation of old (v 22)
2. The creation of the earth (v 23)
3. The depths and fountains of waters
4. The mountains and hills (v 25)
5. The earth, fields, and dust of the world (v 26)
6. The heavens and the clouds (v 28)
7. The laws governing creation (v 29)