Does Not Wisdom Call?

Does not Wisdom call; 

Understanding raise her voice?

On the heights beside the way, 

at the crossroads and the gates,

“To you people all I cry, 

heed my words and live!”


“Learn some self restraint. 

Hear, for I say noble things.

I speak truth, not wickedness.

All my words are righteousness.

There is nothing bent in them. 

Hear and understand!


Nothing you desire,

can compare with what I teach.

Put away perverted speech.

Neither silver, gold nor gem

has the power or the strength

that you’ll find right here. 


Wisdom is the pow’r

by which rulers govern right;

diligently seek and find

paths of justice, ways of light;

honor in God’s holy sight;

treasure that endures. 


Image: Nicolas Régnier – Allegory of wisdom, 1626

Source:  Proverbs 8:1-21

Text:  David Alexander, 2021, CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune: Everlasting Love (Lu Ming-hong)  Public Domain  Used by Permission

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