Does not wisdom call?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
“To you, O men, I call,
and my cry is to the children of man.
O simple ones, learn prudence;
O fools, learn sense.
Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right,
for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
They are all straight to him who understands,
and right to those who find knowledge.
Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
Comment: Wisdom certainly doesn’t try to hide herself. From the expanses to the private house she calls out loudly and clearly.
- on the heights
- in the crossroads
- at the gates
- standing at the portals – and she calls to…
- all men (people) and their children
- the untrained learner while still simple
- the fools who have made wrong choices in the past
And she claims that she will lead into truth and true wealth; a wealth much more significant than mere silver or gold.
Prayer: Please give me ears to listen well and a will to obey!