12 I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of Jehovah 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 might.
15 By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, And nobles - all who judge righteously.
17 I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me, Enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold; And my yield than choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice,
21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit substance And that I may fill their treasuries.
22 Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.
23 I was set up from eternity, From the beginning, before 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, I was brought forth;
26 When He had not yet made the earth and the fields, Nor the first dust of the world.
27 When He established the heavens, I was there; When He inscribed a circle upon the surface of the deep,
28 When He made firm the skies above, When the fountains of the deep became strong,
29 When He set for the sea its boundary, That the waters should not transgress His commandment, When He marked out the foundations of the earth;
30 Then I was by Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him,
31 Rejoicing in His habitable earth; And my delight was in the sons of men.
32 Now therefore, my sons, listen to me; For blessed are they who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise; And do not neglect it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my doors, Waiting at my doorposts.
35 For whoever finds me finds life, And will obtain favor from Jehovah.