1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
1 Isn't wisdom calling out; isn't understanding raising her voice?
1 Does not skillful and godly Wisdom cry out, and understanding raise her voice [in contrast to the loose woman]?
2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
2 At the heights overlooking the road,at the crossroads, she takes her stand.
2 On top of the highest places along the road she stands where the roads meet.
2 On the top of the heights beside the way, where the paths meet, stands Wisdom [skillful and godly];
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
3 Beside the gates, at the city entrance at the entrance to the portals she cries aloud:
3 At the gates at the entrance of the town, at the coming in at the doors, she cries out:
4 “To you, O men, I call,And my voice is to the sons of men.
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
4 “People, I call out to you;my cry is to mankind.
4 "I'm calling to you, men! What I have to say pertains to all mankind!
4 To you, O men, I call, and my voice is directed to the sons of men.
5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
5 Learn to be shrewd, you who are inexperienced;develop common sense, you who are foolish.
5 Understand prudence, you naive people; and gain an understanding heart, you foolish ones.
5 O you simple and thoughtless ones, understand prudence; you [self-confident] fools, be of an understanding heart.
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
6 Listen, for I speak of noble things,and what my lips say is right.
6 Listen, because I have noble things to say, and what I have to say will reveal what is right.
6 Hear, for I will speak excellent and princely things; and the opening of my lips shall be for right things.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
7 For my mouth speaks the truth wickedness is detestable to me.
7 For my mouth shall utter truth, and wrongdoing is detestable and loathsome to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
8 Everything I have to say is just; there isn't anything corrupt or perverse in my speech.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous (upright and in right standing with God); there is nothing contrary to truth or crooked in them.
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
9 Everything I say is sensible to someone who understands, and correct to those who have acquired knowledge.
9 They are all plain to him who understands [and opens his heart], and right to those who find knowledge [and live by it].
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
10 Grab hold of my instruction in lieu of money and knowledge instead of the finest gold,
10 Receive my instruction in preference to [striving for] silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
11 because wisdom is better than precious gems and nothing you desire can compare to it."
11 For skillful and godly Wisdom is better than rubies or pearls, and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
12 "I, wisdom, am related to prudence. I know how to be discreet.
12 I, Wisdom [from God], make prudence my dwelling, and I find out knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil. Pride, arrogance, an evil lifestyle, and perverted speech I despise.
13 The reverent fear and worshipful awe of the Lord [includes] the hatred of evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way, and perverted and twisted speech I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
14 Counsel belongs to me, along with sound judgment. I am understanding. Power belongs to me.
14 I have counsel and sound knowledge, I have understanding, I have might and power.
16 “By me princes rule, and nobles,All who judge rightly.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
16 By me leaders rule, as do noble officials and all who govern justly.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges and governors of the earth.
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me will find me.
17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me.
18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
18 Wealth and honor accompany me, as do enduring wealth and righteousness.
18 Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation, and right standing with God).
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
19 My fruit is better than gold, better than even refined gold, and my benefit surpasses the purest silver.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than refined gold, and my increase than choice silver.
20 “I walk in the way of righteousness,In the midst of the paths of justice,
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,along the paths of justice,
20 I walk on the way of righteousness, along paths that are just,
20 I [Wisdom] walk in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation), in the midst of the paths of justice,
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
21 giving wealth as an inheritance to those who love me,and filling their treasuries.
21 I bequeath wealth to those who love me, and I will fill their treasuries."
21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit [true] riches and that I may fill their treasuries.
22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
22 "The LORD made me as he began his planning, before his ancient activity commenced.
22 The Lord formed and brought me [Wisdom] forth at the beginning of His way, before His acts of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
23 From eternity I was appointed, from the beginning, from before there was land.
23 I [Wisdom] was inaugurated and ordained from everlasting, from the beginning, before ever the earth existed.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
24 When there were no ocean depths, I brought them to birth at a time when there were no springs.
24 When there were no deeps, I was brought forth, when there were no fountains laden with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
25 Before the mountains were shaped, before there were hills, I was bringing them to birth.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
26 before He made the land, the fields,or the first soil on earth.
26 Even though he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the world's first grains of dust,
26 While as yet He had not made the land or the fields or the first of the dust of the earth.
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
27 when he crafted the heavens, I was there when he marked out a circle on the face of the deep,
27 When He prepared the heavens, I [Wisdom] was there; when He drew a circle upon the face of the deep and stretched out the firmament over it,
28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
28 when He placed the skies above,when the fountains of the ocean gushed out,
28 when he made the clouds from above, when the springs of the depths were established,
28 When He made firm the skies above, when He established the fountains of the deep,
29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
29 when he set a boundary for the sea so the waters would not exceed his limits, when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
29 When He gave to the sea its limit and His decree that the waters should not transgress [across the boundaries set by] His command, when He appointed the foundations of the earth -- "
30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
30 Then I was with him, his master craftsman I was his delight daily, continuously rejoicing in his presence,
30 Then I [Wisdom] was beside Him as a master and director of the work; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always,
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
31 rejoicing in his inhabitable world and taking delight in mankind."
31 Rejoicing in His inhabited earth and delighting in the sons of men.
32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
32 "So listen to me, children! Blessed are those who obey me.
32 Now therefore listen to me, O you sons; for blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who keep my ways.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
34 Blessed is the person who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorways
34 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
35 because those who find me find life and gain favor from the LORD.
35 For whoever finds me [Wisdom] finds life and draws forth and obtains favor from the Lord.
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
36 But whoever sins against me destroys himself; everyone who hates me loves death."
36 But he who misses me or sins against me wrongs and injures himself; all who hate me love and court death.
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