8:1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? 8:2 She standeth on the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. 8:3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors. 8:4 To you, O men, I call; and my voice [is] to the sons of man. 8:5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. 8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips [shall be] right things. 8:7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips. 8:8 All the words of my mouth [are] in righteousness; [there is] nothing froward or perverse in them. 8:9 They [are] all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. 8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. 8:11 For wisdom [is] better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. 8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of ingenious inventions. 8:13 The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. 8:14 Counsel [is] mine, and sound wisdom: I [am] understanding; I have strength. 8:15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. 8:16 By me princes rule, and nobles, [even] all the judges of the earth. 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. 8:18 Riches and honor [are] with me; durable riches and righteousness. 8:19 My fruit [is] better than gold, yes, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. 8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment. 8:21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures. 8:22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. 8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. 8:24 When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water. 8:25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth. 8:26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. 8:27 When he prepared the heavens, I [was] there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 8:28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 8:29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: 8:30 Then I was by him, [as] one brought up [with him]: and I was daily [his] delight, rejoicing always before him; 8:31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights [were] with the sons of men. 8:32 Now therefore hearken to me, O ye children: for blessed [are they that] keep my ways. 8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. 8:34 Blessed [is] the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. 8:35 For whoever findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor from the LORD. 8:36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.