beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud:14
"To you, O men, I call out;2 I raise my voice to all mankind.
You who are simple,3 gain prudence;4 you who are foolish, gain understanding.
Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.
My mouth speaks what is true,5 for my lips detest wickedness.
All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.
To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge.
Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,611
for wisdom is more precious7 than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.812
"I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.913
To fear the LORD10 is to hate evil;11 I hate12 pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.