Proverbs 8 (KJV)
1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips
shall be right things.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or
perverse in them.
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice
11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired
are not to be compared to it.
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil
way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges 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; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill
22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
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 was I brought forth:
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest
part of the dust of the world.
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the
face of the depth:
28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains
of the deep:
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:
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 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that
keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at
the posts of my doors.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate
me love death.
WISDOM OF SOLOMON 10-11 (KJV)
1She preserved the first formed father of the world, that was created alone, and brought him out of his fall,
2And gave him power to rule all things.
3But when the unrighteous went away from her in his anger, he perished also in the fury wherewith he murdered his brother.
4For whose cause the earth being drowned with the flood, wisdom again preserved it, and directed the course of the righteous in a piece of wood of small value.
5Moreover, the nations in their wicked conspiracy being confounded, she found out the righteous, and preserved him blameless unto God, and kept him strong against his tender compassion toward his son.
6When the ungodly perished, she delivered the righteous man, who fled from the fire which fell down upon the five cities.
7Of whose wickedness even to this day the waste land that smoketh is a testimony, and plants bearing fruit that never come to ripeness: and a standing pillar of salt is a monument of an unbelieving soul.
8For regarding not wisdom, they gat not only this hurt, that they knew not the things which were good; but also left behind them to the world a memorial of their foolishness: so that in the things wherein they offended they could not so much as be hid.
9But wisdom delivered from pain those that attended upon her.
10When the righteous fled from his brother's wrath she guided him in right paths, shewed him the kingdom of God, and gave him knowledge of holy things, made him rich in his travels, and multiplied the fruit of his labours.
11In the covetousness of such as oppressed him she stood by him, and made him rich.
12She defended him from his enemies, and kept him safe from those that lay in wait, and in a sore conflict she gave him the victory; that he might know that goodness is stronger than all.
13When the righteous was sold, she forsook him not, but delivered him from sin: she went down with him into the pit,
14And left him not in bonds, till she brought him the sceptre of the kingdom, and power against those that oppressed him: as for them that had accused him, she shewed them to be liars, and gave him perpetual glory.
15She delivered the righteous people and blameless seed from the nation that oppressed them.
16She entered into the soul of the servant of the Lord, and withstood dreadful kings in wonders and signs;
17Rendered to the righteous a reward of their labours, guided them in a marvellous way, and was unto them for a cover by day, and a light of stars in the night season;
18Brought them through the Red sea, and led them through much water:
19But she drowned their enemies, and cast them up out of the bottom of the deep.
20Therefore the righteous spoiled the ungodly, and praised thy holy name, O Lord, and magnified with one accord thine hand, that fought for them.
21For wisdom opened the mouth of the dumb, and made the tongues of them that cannot speak eloquent.
1She prospered their works in the hand of the holy prophet.
2They went through the wilderness that was not inhabited, and pitched tents in places where there lay no way.
3They stood against their enemies, and were avenged of their adversaries.
4When they were thirsty, they called upon thee, and water was given them out of the flinty rock, and their thirst was quenched out of the hard stone.
5For by what things their enemies were punished, by the same they in their need were benefited.
6For instead of a perpetual running river troubled with foul blood,
7For a manifest reproof of that commandment, whereby the infants were slain, thou gavest unto them abundance of water by a means which they hoped not for:
8Declaring by that thirst then how thou hadst punished their adversaries.
9For when they were tried albeit but in mercy chastised, they knew how the ungodly were judged in wrath and tormented, thirsting in another manner than the just.
10For these thou didst admonish and try, as a father: but the other, as a severe king, thou didst condemn and punish.
11Whether they were absent or present, they were vexed alike.
12For a double grief came upon them, and a groaning for the remembrance of things past.
13For when they heard by their own punishments the other to be benefited, they had some feeling of the Lord.
14For whom they respected with scorn, when he was long before thrown out at the casting forth of the infants, him in the end, when they saw what came to pass, they admired.
15But for the foolish devices of their wickedness, wherewith being deceived they worshipped serpents void of reason, and vile beasts, thou didst send a multitude of unreasonable beasts upon them for vengeance;
16That they might know, that wherewithal a man sinneth, by the same also shall he be punished.
17For thy Almighty hand, that made the world of matter without form, wanted not means to send among them a multitude of bears or fierce lions,
18Or unknown wild beasts, full of rage, newly created, breathing out either a fiery vapour, or filthy scents of scattered smoke, or shooting horrible sparkles out of their eyes:
19Whereof not only the harm might dispatch them at once, but also the terrible sight utterly destroy them.
20Yea, and without these might they have fallen down with one blast, being persecuted of vengeance, and scattered abroad through the breath of thy power: but thou hast ordered all things in measure and number and weight.
21For thou canst shew thy great strength at all times when thou wilt; and who may withstand the power of thine arm?
22For the whole world before thee is as a little grain of the balance, yea, as a drop of the morning dew that falleth down upon the earth.
23But thou hast mercy upon all; for thou canst do all things, and winkest at the sins of men, because they should amend.
24For thou lovest all the things that are, and abhorrest nothing which thou hast made: for never wouldest thou have made any thing, if thou hadst hated it.
25And how could any thing have endured, if it had not been thy will? or been preserved, if not called by thee?
26But thou sparest all: for they are thine, O Lord, thou lover of souls.