"I call to you, to all of you! I am raising my voice to all people.
How naive you are! Let me give you common sense. O foolish ones, let me give you understanding.
Listen to me! For I have excellent things to tell you. Everything I say is right,
for I speak the truth and hate every kind of deception.
My advice is wholesome and good. There is nothing crooked or twisted in it.
My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those who want to learn.
"Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge over pure gold.
For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can be compared with it.
"I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.
All who fear the LORD will hate evil. That is why I hate pride, arrogance, corruption, and perverted speech.
Good advice and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)