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The Wisdom of Israel

(Category 9 of 16)

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CHAPTER 7 References

1 aProv. 2:1
2 aLev. 18:5;
Prov. 4:4; [Is.
55:3] bDeut.
32:10; Ps.
17:8; Zech. 2:8
3 aDeut. 6:8;
Prov. 6:21
5 aProv. 2:16;
7 a[Prov. 6:32;
9:4, 16] 1Lit.
sons 2lacking
9 aJob 24:15
11 aProv. 9:13;
1 Tim. 5:13
bTitus 2:5
13 1shameless


1 My son, keep my words, And atreasure my commands within you.
2 aKeep my commands and live, bAnd my law as the apple of your eye.
3 aBind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your nearest kin,
5 aThat they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words.

The Crafty Harlot

6 For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice,
7 And saw among the simple, I perceived among the 1youths, A young man adevoid2 of understanding,
8 Passing along the street near her corner; And he took the path to her house
9 aIn the twilight, in the evening, In the black and dark night.

10 And there a woman met him, With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.
11 aShe was loud and rebellious, bHer feet would not stay at home.
12 At times she was outside, at times in the open square, Lurking at every corner.
13 So she caught him and kissed him; With an 1impudent face she said to him:
14 “I have peace offerings with me; Today I have paid my vows.
15 So I came out to meet you, Diligently to seek your face, And I have found you.
16 I have spread my bed with tapestry,

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Colored coverings of aEgyptian linen.
17 I have perfumed my bed With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with love.
19 For 1my husband is not at home; He has gone on a long journey;
20 He has taken a bag of money 1with him, And will come home 2on the appointed day.”

21 1With aher enticing speech she caused him to yield, bWith her flattering lips she 2seduced him.
22 Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, Or 1as a fool to the correction of the 2stocks,
23 Till an arrow struck his liver. aAs a bird hastens to the snare, He did not know it 1would cost his life.

24 Now therefore, listen to me, my children; Pay attention to the words of my mouth:
25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths;
26 For she has cast down many wounded, And aall who were slain by her were strong men.
27 aHer house is the way to 1hell, Descending to the chambers of death.

The Excellence of Wisdom


1 Does not awisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice?
2 She takes her stand on the top of the 1high hill, Beside the way, where the paths meet.
3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entrance of the doors:
4 “To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men.
5 O you 1simple ones, understand prudence, And you fools, be of an understanding heart.
6 Listen, for I will speak of aexcellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things;
7 For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

16 aIs. 19:9
19 1Lit. the
20 1Lit. in his
hand 2at the
full moon
21 aProv. 5:3
bPs. 12:2 1By
the greatness
of her words
22 1LXX, Syr.,
Tg. as a dog
to bonds; Vg.
as a lamb . . .
to bonds
23 aEccl. 9:12
1Lit. is for
26 aNeh. 13:26
27 aProv. 2:18;
5:5; 9:18 1Or

CHAPTER 8 References

1 aProv. 1:20,
21; 9:3
2 1Lit. heights
5 1naive
6 aProv. 22:20
11 aJob 28:15
13 aProv. 3:7;
16:6 b[Prov.
16:17, 18] cProv. 4:24
14 aEccl. 7:19;
15 aRom. 13:1
16 1MT, Syr.,
Tg.,Vg. righteousness;
LXX, Bg.,
some mss.
and editions
17 a[John
14:21] bJames
18 aProv. 3:16
20 1walk
about on
22 aProv. 3:19
23 a[Ps. 2:6] 25 aJob 15:7, 8
26 1outer
places 2Lit.
beginning of
the dust

8 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.
9 They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold;
11 aFor wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.

12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge and discretion.
13 aThe fear of the LORD is to hate evil; bPride and arrogance and the evil way And cthe perverse mouth I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, aI have strength.
15 aBy me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of 1the earth.
17 aI love those who love me, And bthose who seek me diligently will find me.
18 aRiches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver.
20 I 1traverse the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice,
21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.

22 “Thea LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.
23 aI have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 aBefore the mountains were settled, Before the hills, I was brought forth;
26 While as yet He had not made the earth or the 1fields, Or the 2primal dust of the world.

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27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 When He established the clouds above, When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
29 aWhen He assigned to the sea its limit, So that the waters would not transgress His command, When bHe marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 aThen I was beside Him as 1a master craftsman; bAnd I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him,
31 Rejoicing in His inhabited world, And amy delight was with the sons of men.

32 “Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For ablessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it.
34 aBlessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life, And aobtains favor from the LORD;
36 But he who sins against me awrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.”

The Way of Wisdom


1 Wisdom has abuilt her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;
2 aShe has slaughtered her meat, bShe has mixed her wine, She has also 1furnished her table.
3 She has sent out her maidens, She cries out from the highest places of the city,
4 “Whoevera is simple, let him turn in here!” As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
5 “Come,a eat of my bread And drink of the wine I have mixed.
6 Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding.

7 “He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
8 aDo not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; bRebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

29 aGen. 1:9,
10 bJob 28:4, 6
30 a[John
1:1–3, 18] b[Matt. 3:17] 1A Jewish tradition
brought up
31 aPs. 16:3
32 aLuke 11:28
34 aProv. 3:13,
35 a[John 17:3] 36 aProv. 20:2

CHAPTER 9 References

1 a[Matt.
16:18] 2 aMatt. 22:4
bProv. 23:30
4 aPs. 19:7
5 aIs. 55:1
8 aMatt. 7:6
bPs. 141:5
9 a[Matt.
13:12] 10 aJob 28:28
11 aProv. 3:2,
12 aJob 35:6, 7
13 aProv. 7:11
14 aProv. 9:3
16 aProv. 7:7, 8
17 aProv. 20:17
18 aProv. 2:18;
7:27 1Or Sheol

9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, aand he will increase in learning.

10 “Thea fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 aFor by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.
12 aIf you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.”

The Way of Folly

13 aA foolish woman is 1clamorous; She is simple, and knows nothing.
14 For she sits at the door of her house, On a seat aby the highest places of the city,
15 To call to those who pass by, Who go straight on their way:
16 “Whoevera is 1simple, let him turn in here”; And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
17 “Stolena water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18 But he does not know that athe dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of 1hell.

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Let All Things Praise the LORD

1 PRAISEa1 the LORD!

Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty 2firmament!

2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent agreatness!

PSALM 150 References

1 aPs. 145:5, 6
1Heb. Hallelujah
of heaven
2 aDeut. 3:24
3 1cornet
6 1Heb. Hallelujah

3 Praise Him with the sound of the 1trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp!
4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!

6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.

1Praise the LORD!




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