This is a reading of Proverbs 8.
The Excellence of Wisdom
8¬†Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
2¬†She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.
3¬†She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:
4¬†‚ÄúTo you, O men, I call,
And my voice¬†is¬†to the sons of men.
5¬†O you simple ones, understand prudence,
And you fools, be of an understanding heart.
6¬†Listen, for I will speak of excellent things,
And from the opening of my lips¬†will come¬†right things;
7¬†For my mouth will speak truth;
Wickedness¬†is¬†an abomination to my lips.
8¬†All the words of my mouth¬†are¬†with righteousness;
Nothing crooked or perverse¬†is¬†in them.
9¬†They¬†are¬†all plain to him who understands,
And right to those who find knowledge.
10¬†Receive my instruction, and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choice gold;
11¬†For wisdom¬†is¬†better than rubies,
And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.
12¬†‚ÄúI, 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 I hate.
14¬†Counsel¬†is¬†mine, and sound wisdom;
I¬†am¬†understanding, I have strength.
15¬†By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
16¬†By me princes rule, and nobles,
All the judges of the earth.
17¬†I love those who love me,
And those who seek me diligently will find me.
18¬†Riches and honor¬†are¬†with me,
Enduring riches and righteousness.
19¬†My fruit¬†is¬†better than gold, yes, than fine gold,
And my revenue than choice silver.
20¬†I traverse the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
21¬†That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries.
22¬†‚ÄúThe¬†Lord¬†possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
23¬†I have been established from everlasting,
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
24¬†When¬†there were¬†no depths I was brought forth,
When¬†there were¬†no fountains abounding with water.
25¬†Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills, I was brought forth;
26¬†While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields,
Or the primal dust of the world.
27¬†When He prepared the heavens, I¬†was¬†there,
When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28¬†When He established the clouds above,
When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
29¬†When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
30¬†Then I was beside Him¬†as¬†a master craftsman;
And I was daily¬†His¬†delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
31¬†Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight¬†was¬†with the sons of men.
32¬†‚ÄúNow therefore, listen to me,¬†my¬†children,
For blessed¬†are those who¬†keep my ways.
33¬†Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain¬†it.
34¬†Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
35¬†For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the¬†Lord;
36¬†But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death.‚ÄĚ