The Call of Wisdom
Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?
At the highest point along the way,
Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
Besides the gate leading into the city, At the entrance, she cries aloud:
“To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
You who are simple, gain prudence;
You who are foolish, set your hearts on it.”
Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.
All the words of my mouth are just;
None of them is crooked or perverse.
To the discerning all of them are right;
They are upright to those who have found knowledge.
Choose my instruction instead of silver,
Knowledge rather than choice gold,
For wisdom is more precious than rubies.
And nothing you desire can compare with her.
“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion.
To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance, Evil behavior and perverse speech.
Council and sound judgement are mine; I have insight, I have power.
By me Kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just;
By me princes govern, and nobles- all who rule on earth.
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
Taken from Proverbs 8
The Hebrew proverbs are distinct in that all wisdom is seen as flowing from the true God rather than being a mere accumulation of human observations and experience. Space did not allow for the entire 8th chapter to be typed. We encourage you to read the rest of the chapter this week in your pursuit of wisdom.