1 Does not wisdom call, and understanding raise its voice? 2 {Atop the heights} beside the road, at the crossroads she stands. 3 Beside gates, before towns, [at the] entrance of doors, she cries out: 4 "To you, O {people}, I call, and my cry is to the children of humankind. 5 Learn prudence, O simple ones; fools, learn {intelligence}. 6 Listen! For noble things I will speak, and upright things from the opening of my lips. 7 My mouth will utter truth, and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips. 8 All sayings of my mouth [are] in righteousness; none of them are twisted and crooked. 9 All of them are straight to him who understands, and upright to those who find knowledge. 10 Take my teaching and not silver; may you choose knowledge rather than choice gold. 11 For wisdom is better than jewels, and all desires shall not compare with her. 12 I, wisdom, live with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. 13 The fear of Yahweh [is] hatred of evil, pride, and arrogance and an evil way. And I hate a mouth of perversity. 14 {Advice and sound judgment} are mine; I am understanding, {strength is mine}. 15 By me kings reign, and rulers decree righteousness. 16 By me rulers rule, and nobles--all judges of righteousness. 17 I love {those who love me}, and those who seek me diligently shall find me. 18 Fortune and glory [are] with me, enduring wealth and righteousness. 19 My fruit is better than gold, even refined gold, and my yield than choice silver. 20 In the way of righteousness I walk, in the midst of paths of justice, 21 [in order] to endow those who love me [with] wealth, and I will fill their treasuries.
22 "Yahweh possessed me, [the] first of his ways, before his acts {of old}. 23 From eternity, I was set up from [the] first, from the beginning of the earth. 24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no springs of {abounding} water. 25 Before mountains had been shaped, before hills, I was brought forth. 26 When he had not yet made earth and fields, or the first dust of the world, 27 {when he established} the heavens, there I [was], {when he drew} a circle upon the face of the deep, 28 {when he made} skies from above, when he founded fountains of the deep, 29 {when he assigned} his limits to the sea, that waters shall not transgress his {command}, {when he marked} the foundations of the earth, 30 I was {beside} him, a master workman, and I was delighting day by day, rejoicing before him {always}, 31 rejoicing in the world of his earth, and my delight [was] with the children of humankind.
32 "And now, children, listen to me; happy [are] those who will keep my ways. 33 Hear teaching and be wise; do not neglect [it]. 34 Happy [is the] person who listens to me, [in order] to keep watch at my doors day by day, [in order] to guard the frames of my entrances. 35 For he who finds me [is] he who finds life, and he obtains favor from Yahweh. 36 But he who misses me injures himself. All those who hate me love death."