Is not Wisdom calling?
Is not Understanding raising her voice?
On the heights overlooking the road,
at the crossways, she takes her stand;
by the gates, at the entrance to the city,
on the access-roads, she cries out,
I am calling to you, all people,
my words are addressed to all humanity,
Simpletons, learn how to behave,
fools, come to your senses.
Listen, I have something important to tell you,
when I speak, my words are right.
My mouth proclaims the truth,
for evil is abhorrent to my lips.
All the words from my mouth are upright,
nothing false there, nothing crooked,
everything plain, if you can understand,
straight, if you have acquired knowledge.
Accept my discipline rather than silver,
and knowledge of me in preference to finest gold.
For Wisdom is more precious than jewels,
and nothing else is so worthy of desire.