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Proverbs 8:1-11

Lady Wisdom Calls Out

1-11Do you hear Lady Wisdom calling? Can you hear Madame Insight raising her voice?

She's taken her stand at First and Main,

at the busiest intersection.

Right in the city square

where the traffic is thickest, she shouts,

"You—I'm talking to all of you,

everyone out here on the streets!

Listen, you idiots—learn good sense!

You blockheads—shape up!

Don't miss a word of this—I'm telling you how to live well,

I'm telling you how to live at your best.

My mouth chews and savors and relishes truth—

I can't stand the taste of evil!

You'll only hear true and right words from my mouth;

not one syllable will be twisted or skewed.

You'll recognize this as true—you with open minds;

truth-ready minds will see it at once.

Prefer my life-disciplines over chasing after money,

and God-knowledge over a lucrative career.

For Wisdom is better than all the trappings of wealth;

nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her.

12-21"I am Lady Wisdom, and I live next to Sanity;

Knowledge and Discretion live just down the street.

The Fear-of-God means hating Evil,

whose ways I hate with a passion—

pride and arrogance and crooked talk.

Good counsel and common sense are my characteristics;

I am both Insight and the Virtue to live it out.

With my help, leaders rule,

and lawmakers legislate fairly;

With my help, governors govern,

along with all in legitimate authority.

I love those who love me;

those who look for me find me.

Wealth and Glory accompany me—

also substantial Honor and a Good Name.

My benefits are worth more than a big salary, even a very big salary;

the returns on me exceed any imaginable bonus.

You can find me on Righteous Road—that's where I walk—

at the intersection of Justice Avenue,

Handing out life to those who love me,

filling their arms with life—armloads of life!