This Week’s Scripture Passage:
Doesn’t Wisdom cry out and Understanding shout?
Atop the heights along the path, at the crossroads she takes her stand.
By the gate before the city, at the entrances she shouts:
I cry out to you, people; my voice goes out to all of humanity.
Understand skill, you who are naive. Take this to heart, you fools.
Listen, for I speak things that are correct; from my lips comes what is right.
My mouth utters the truth; my lips despise wickedness.
All the words of my mouth are righteous; nothing in them is twisted or crooked.
All of them are straightforward to those who understand, and upright for the knowledgeable.
Take my instruction rather than silver, knowledge rather than choice gold.
Wisdom is better than pearls; nothing is more delightful than she.
I, Wisdom, dwell with prudence; I have found knowledge and discretion.
To fear the Lord is to hate evil. I hate pride and arrogance,
the path of evil and corrupt speech.
I have advice and ability, as well as understanding and strength.
By me kings rule, and princes issue righteous decrees.
By me rulers govern, and officials judge righteously.
I love those who love me; those who seek me will find me.
Riches and honor are with me, as well as enduring wealth and righteousness.
My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold; my crops are better than choice silver.
I walk on the way of righteousness, on the paths of justice,
to provide for those who love me and to fill up their treasuries.
Proverbs 8:1-21 (Common English Bible)
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