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The preaching of wisdom. Her excellence.

[1] Doth not wisdom cry aloud, and prudence put forth her voice? [2] Standing in the top of the highest places by the way, in the midst of the paths. [3] Beside the gates of the city, in the very doors she speaketh, saying: [4] O ye men, to you I call, and my voice is to the sons of men. [5] O little ones, understand subtilty, and ye unwise, take notice.

[6] Hear, for I will speak of great things: and my lips shall be opened to preach right things. [7] My mouth shall meditate truth, and my lips shall hate wickedness. [8] All my words are just, there is nothing wicked nor perverse in them. [9] They are right to them that understand, and just to them that find knowledge. [10] Receive my instruction, and not money: choose knowledge rather than gold.

[11] For wisdom is better than all the most precious things: and whatsoever may be desired cannot be compared to it. [12] I wisdom dwell in counsel, and am present in learned thoughts. [13] The fear of the Lord hateth evil: I hate arrogance, and pride, and every wicked way, and a mouth with a double tongue. [14] Counsel and equity is mine, prudence is mine, strength is mine. [15] By me kings reign, and lawgivers decree just things,

[16] By me princes rule, and the mighty decree justice. [17] I love them that love me: and they that in the morning early watch for me, shall find me. [18] With me are riches and glory, glorious riches and justice. [19] For my fruit is better than gold and the precious stone, and my blossoms than choice silver. [20] I walk in the way of justice, in the midst of the paths of judgment,

[21] That I may enrich them that love me, and may fill their treasures. [22] The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before he made any thing from the beginning. [23] I was set up from eternity, and of old before the earth was made. [24] The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived. neither had the fountains of waters as yet sprung out: [25] The mountains with their huge bulk had not as yet been established: before the hills I was brought forth:

[26] He had not yet made the earth, nor the rivers, nor the poles of the world. [27] When he prepared the heavens, I was present: when with a certain law and compass he enclosed the depths: [28] When he established the sky above, and poised the fountains of waters: [29] When he compassed the sea with its bounds, and set a law to the waters that they should not pass their limits: when he balanced the foundations of the earth; [30] I was with him forming all things: and was delighted every day, playing before him at all times;

[31] Playing in the world: and my delights were to be with the children of men. [32] Now therefore, ye children, hear me: Blessed are they that keep my ways. [33] Hear instruction and be wise, and refuse it not. [34] Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates, and waiteth at the posts of my doors. [35] He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord:

[36] But he that shall sin against me, shall hurt his own soul. All that hate me love death.

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