Proverbs 8 (English-RSV)
1Does not wisdom call, does not understanding raise her voice?
2On the heights beside the way, in the paths she takes her stand;
3beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
4"To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the sons of men.
5O simple ones, learn prudence; O foolish men, pay attention.
6Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right;
7for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
9They are all straight to him who understands and right to those who find knowledge.
10Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold;
11for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
12I, wisdom, dwell in prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.
13The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
14I have counsel and sound wisdom, I have insight, I have strength.
15By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just;
16by me princes rule, and nobles govern the earth.
17I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
18Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and prosperity.
19My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver.
20I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice,
21endowing with wealth those who love me, and filling their treasuries.
22The LORD created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.
23Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.
25Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth;
26before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world.
27When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,
29when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30then I was beside him, like a master workman; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always,
31rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the sons of men.
32And now, my sons, listen to me: happy are those who keep my ways.
33Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.
34Happy is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.
35For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD;
36but he who misses me injures himself; all who hate me love death."
Proverbs 9 (English-RSV)
1Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven pillars.
2She has slaughtered her beasts, she has mixed her wine, she has also set her table.
3She has sent out her maids to call from the highest places in the town,
4"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" To him who is without sense she says,
5"Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6Leave simpleness, and live, and walk in the way of insight."
7He who corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
8Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
9Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man and he will increase in learning.
10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
11For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.
12If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
13A foolish woman is noisy; she is wanton and knows no shame.
14She sits at the door of her house, she takes a seat on the high places of the town,
15calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way,
16"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" And to him who is without sense she says,
17"Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant."
18But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.


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