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pageId="iii"The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 8

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The Discourse of Wisdom*

1Does not Wisdom call,and Understanding raise her voice?l Prv 1:20–21; 9:3.2On the top of the heights along the road,at the crossroads she takes her stand;3By the gates at the approaches of the city,in the entryways she cries aloud:4“To you, O people, I call;my appeal is to you mortals.5You naive ones, gain prudence,you fools,* gain sense.6Listen! for noble things I speak;my lips proclaim honest words.7*Indeed, my mouth utters truth,and my lips abhor wickedness.8All the words of my mouth are sincere,none of them wily or crooked;9All of them are straightforward to theintelligent,and right to those who attainknowledge.10Take my instruction instead of silver,and knowledge rather than choicegold.11[For Wisdom is better than corals,and no treasures can compare withher.m Prv 3:15; Wis 7:8.]12I, Wisdom, dwell with prudence,and useful knowledge I have.13[The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil;]Pride, arrogance, the evil way,and the perverse mouth I hate.n Prv 6:16–17; 16:5.14Mine are counsel and advice;Mine is strength; I am understanding.*15By me kings reign,and rulers enact justice;16By me princes govern,and nobles, all the judges of the earth.17Those who love me I also love,and those who seek me find me.18With me are riches and honor,o Prv 3:16.wealth that endures, and righteousness.19My fruit is better than gold, even puregold,and my yield than choice silver.p Prv 3:14.20On the way of righteousness I walk,along the paths of justice,21Granting wealth to those who love me,and filling their treasuries.22*“The LORD begot me, the beginning ofhis works,the forerunner of his deeds of long ago;q Wis 9:9; Sir 1:1; 24:9.23From of old I was formed,*at the first, before the earth.r Sir 1:4.24*When there were no deeps I wasbrought forth,when there were no fountains orsprings of water;25Before the mountains were settled intoplace,before the hills, I was brought forth;26When the earth and the fields were notyet made,nor the first clods of the world.27When he established the heavens, therewas I,s Prv 3:19; Sir 24:4–5.when he marked out the vault over theface of the deep;28When he made firm the skies above,when he fixed fast the springs of thedeep;29When he set for the sea its limit,so that the waters should not transgresshis command;When he fixed the foundations of earth,30then was I beside him as artisan;* t Wis 9:9.I was his delight day by day,playing before him all the while,31Playing over the whole of his earth,having my delight with human beings.32*Now, children, listen to me;happy are they who keep my ways.33Listen to instruction and grow wise,do not reject it!34Happy the one who listens to me,attending daily at my gates,keeping watch at my doorposts;35For whoever finds me finds life,u Prv 3:13–18; 4:22.and wins favor from the LORD;36But those who pass me by do violence tothemselves;all who hate me love death.”

Notes:

l: Prv 1:20–21; 9:3.

m: Prv 3:15; Wis 7:8.

n: Prv 6:16–17; 16:5.

o: Prv 3:16.

p: Prv 3:14.

q: Wis 9:9; Sir 1:1; 24:9.

r: Sir 1:4.

s: Prv 3:19; Sir 24:4–5.

t: Wis 9:9.

u: Prv 3:13–18; 4:22.

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