Wisdom Calls

1 Does not wisdom call, and understanding raise its voice?

References for Proverbs 8:1

      2 {Atop the heights} beside the road, at the crossroads she stands.

      References for Proverbs 8:2

        • a 8:2 - Literally "At a head of the heights"
          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.

          References for Proverbs 8:4

            • b 8:4 - Literally "men"
              5 Learn prudence, O simple ones; fools, learn {intelligence}.

              References for Proverbs 8:5

                • c 8:5 - Literally "heart"
                  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}.

                  References for Proverbs 8:14

                    • d 8:14 - Literally "To/for me are advice and sound judgment"
                    • e 8:14 - Literally "to/for me is strength"
                      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.

                      References for Proverbs 8:17

                        • f 8:17 - Literally "her lovers"
                          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.

                          References for Proverbs 8:19

                            • g 8:19 - Literally "fine gold"
                              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.

                              Wisdom at Creation

                              22 "Yahweh possessed me, [the] first of his ways, before his acts {of old}.

                              References for Proverbs 8:22

                                • h 8:22 - Or "gained," or "acquired"
                                • i 8:22 - Literally "from before" or "from then"
                                  23 From eternity, I was set up from [the] first, from the beginning of the earth.

                                  References for Proverbs 8:23

                                    • j 8:23 - Hebrew "beginnings"
                                      24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no springs of {abounding} water.

                                      References for Proverbs 8:24

                                        • k 8:24 - Literally "made heavy"
                                          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,

                                          References for Proverbs 8:27

                                            • l 8:27 - Literally "in his establishing"
                                            • m 8:27 - Literally "in his drawing"
                                              28 {when he made} skies from above, when he founded fountains of the deep,

                                              References for Proverbs 8:28

                                                • n 8:28 - Literally "in his making"
                                                  29 {when he assigned} his limits to the sea, that waters shall not transgress his {command}, {when he marked} the foundations of the earth,

                                                  References for Proverbs 8:29

                                                    • o 8:29 - Literally "in his assigning"
                                                    • p 8:29 - Literally "mouth"
                                                    • q 8:29 - Literally "in his marking"
                                                      30 I was {beside} him, a master workman, and I was delighting day by day, rejoicing before him {always},

                                                      References for Proverbs 8:30

                                                        • r 8:30 - Literally "at the place of"
                                                        • s 8:30 - Literally "in all [of] time"
                                                          31 rejoicing in the world of his earth, and my delight [was] with the children of humankind.

                                                          Benefits of Following Wisdom

                                                          32 "And now, children, listen to me; happy [are] those who will keep my ways.

                                                          References for Proverbs 8:32

                                                              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.

                                                              References for Proverbs 8:35

                                                                • t 8:35 - Hebrew "those who find"
                                                                  36 But he who misses me injures himself. All those who hate me love death."

                                                                  References for Proverbs 8:36

                                                                    • u 8:36 - Or "soul," or "inner self"