1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
2 She standeth in the top of the high places by the way in the place of the paths.
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors.
4 O men, I call vnto you, and vtter my voyce to the children of men.
5 O ye foolish men, vnderstand wisedome, and ye, O fooles, be wise in heart.
6 Giue eare, for I will speake of excellent things, and the opening of my lippes, shall teache things that be right.
7 For my mouth shall speake the trueth, and my lippes abhorre wickednesse.
8 All the wordes of my mouth are righteous: there is no lewdenes, nor frowardnesse in them.
9 They [are] all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
10 Receiue mine instruction, and not siluer, and knowledge rather then fine golde.
11 For wisdome is better then precious stones: and all pleasures are not to be compared vnto her.
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the perverse mouth, do I hate.
14 I haue counsell and wisedome: I am vnderstanding, and I haue strength.
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule and the nobles, and all the iudges of the earth.
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
18 Riches and honour [are] with me; durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruite is better then golde, euen then fine golde, and my reuenues better then fine siluer.
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
21 That I may cause them that loue me, to inherite substance, and I will fill their treasures.
22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24 When there were no depths, was I begotten, when there were no fountaines abounding with water.
25 Before the mountaines were setled: and before the hilles, was I begotten.
26 He had not yet made the earth, nor the open places, nor the height of the dust in the worlde.
27 When hee prepared the heauens, I was there, when he set the compasse vpon the deepe.
28 When he established the cloudes aboue, when he confirmed the fountaines of the deepe,
29 When he gaue his decree to the Sea, that the waters shoulde not passe his commaundement: when he appointed the foundations of the earth,
30 Then I was by him, [as] one brought up [with him]: and I was daily [his] delight, rejoicing always before him;
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights [were] with the sons of men.
32 Therefore nowe hearken, O children, vnto me: for blessed are they that keepe my wayes.
33 Heare instruction, and be ye wise, and refuse it not:
34 Blessed is the man that heareth mee, watching dayly at my gates, & giuing attendance at the postes of my doores.
35 For he that findeth me, findeth life, and shal obteine fauour of the Lord.
36 But he that sinneth against me, hurteth his owne soule: and all that hate me, loue death.