Proverbs 8 (asv)
The Gifts of Wisdom
8:1Doth not wisdom cry,
8:2On the top of high places by the way,
Where the paths meet, she standeth;
8:3Beside the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the coming in at the doors, she crieth aloud:
8:4Unto you, O men, I call;
8:5O ye simple, understand prudence;
8:6Hear, for I will speak excellent things;
8:7For my mouth shall utter truth;
And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8:8All the words of my mouth are in righteousness;
There is nothing crooked or perverse in them.
8:9They are all plain to him that understandeth,
8:10Receive my instruction, and not silver;
8:11For wisdom is better than rubies;
And all the things that may be desired are not to be compared unto it.
8:12I wisdom have made prudence my dwelling,
And find out knowledge and discretion.
And the perverse mouth, do I hate.
8:14Counsel is mine, and sound knowledge:
8:15By me kings reign,
8:16By me princes rule,
And nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
And those that seek me diligently shall find me.
8:18Riches and honor are with me;
And my revenue than choice silver.
In the midst of the paths of justice;
And that I may fill their treasuries.
Wisdom’s Part in Creation
Before his works of old.
8:23I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning,
Before the earth was.
8:24When there were no depths, I was brought forth,
When there were no fountains abounding with water.
8:25Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills was I brought forth;
8:26While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields,
8:27When he established the heavens, I was there:
When he set a circle upon the face of the deep,
8:28When he made firm the skies above,
When the fountains of the deep became strong,
8:29When he gave to the sea its bound,
That the waters should not transgress his commandment,
When he marked out the foundations of the earth;
8:30Then I was by him, as a master workman;1
And I was daily his delight,
Rejoicing always before him,
8:31Rejoicing in his habitable earth;
And my delight was with the sons of men.
8:32Now therefore, my sons, hearken unto me;
For blessed are they that keep my ways.
8:33Hear instruction, and be wise,
And refuse it not.
8:34Blessed is the man that heareth me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
8:35For whoso findeth me findeth life,
8:36But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul:
- Wisdom is a kind of Platonic form, residing in the Mind of God, providing a blueprint for creation. Ref: Phillip Cary, Phil and Religion in the West, Lecture 7.
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