1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding give forth her voice?
2 On the top of high places by the way, at the cross-paths she taketh her stand.
3 Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors, she crieth aloud.
4 Unto you, men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of man:
5 O ye simple, understand prudence; and ye foolish, understand sense.
References for Proverbs 8:5
    • a 8:5 - Strictly, 'heart.'
      6 Hear, for I will speak excellent things, and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
      7 For my palate shall meditate truth, and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
      8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing tortuous or perverse in them.
      References for Proverbs 8:8
        • b 8:8 - Or 'wily,' as Job 5.13; lit. 'twisted.'
          9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
          References for Proverbs 8:9
            • c 8:9 - See 'right on,' ch. 4.25.
            • d 8:9 - Or 'straight,' as ch. 4. 25.
              10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold:
              11 for wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things that may be desired are not equal to it.
              References for Proverbs 8:11
                • e 8:11 - As in chs. 3.15; 20.15; 31.10; Job 28.18; Lam. 4.7.
                  12 I wisdom dwell [with] prudence, and find the knowledge [which cometh] of reflection.
                  References for Proverbs 8:12
                    • f 8:12 - Here the plural, as ch. 5.2.
                      13 The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil; pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth do I hate.
                      References for Proverbs 8:13
                        • g 8:13 - Or 'mouth of deceits:' see ch. 2.12,14.
                          14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am intelligence; I have strength.
                          15 By me kings reign, and rulers make just decrees;
                          References for Proverbs 8:15
                            • h 8:15 - Or 'ministers [of state],' as Judg. 5.3; Ps. 2.2.
                              16 by me princes rule, and nobles, all the judges of the earth.
                              17 I love those that love me; and they that seek me early shall find me.
                              References for Proverbs 8:17
                                • i 8:17 - Or 'earnestly.'
                                  18 Riches and honour are with me; durable wealth and righteousness.
                                  References for Proverbs 8:18
                                    • j 8:18 - Or 'resplendent.'
                                      19 My fruit is better than fine gold, yea, than pure gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
                                      20 I walk in the path of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
                                      21 that I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasuries.
                                      22 Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
                                      References for Proverbs 8:22
                                        • k 8:22 - See Ps. 46.8.
                                          23 I was set up from eternity, from the beginning, before the earth was.
                                          References for Proverbs 8:23
                                            • l 8:23 - Lit. 'anointed:' as Ps. 2.6.
                                              24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water.
                                              25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth;
                                              26 while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world.
                                              References for Proverbs 8:26
                                                • m 8:26 - Lit. 'particles,' plural.
                                                  27 When he prepared the heavens I was there; when he ordained the circle upon the face of the deep;
                                                  References for Proverbs 8:27
                                                    • n 8:27 - See Job 26.10; Isa. 40.22.
                                                      28 when he established the skies above, when the fountains of the deep became strong;
                                                      References for Proverbs 8:28
                                                        • o 8:28 - Or 'when [he] strengthened the fountains of the deep.'
                                                          29 when he imposed on the sea his decree that the waters should not pass his commandment, when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
                                                          30 then I was by him [his] nursling, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
                                                          References for Proverbs 8:30
                                                            • p 8:30 - The nursling of his love. Or '[his] artificer.' The Hebrew is linked with 'artist' in Cant. 7.1.
                                                              31 rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth, and my delights [were] with the sons of men.
                                                              References for Proverbs 8:31
                                                                • q 8:31 - Lit. 'world,' Tebel, as 'circuit,' Job 37.12. That part of the earth fitted for man to live on: see 1Sam. 2.8; PB. 90.2; 96.10.
                                                                  32 And now, sons, hearken unto me, and 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, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
                                                                  References for Proverbs 8:34
                                                                    • r 8:34 - Or 'keeping,' 'guarding.'
                                                                      35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and obtaineth favour of Jehovah;
                                                                      36 but he that sinneth against me doeth violence to his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
                                                                      References for Proverbs 8:36
                                                                        • s 8:36 - Or 'he that misseth me.'