Proverbs 8:22-31

22 "Yahweh possessed me in the beginning of his work,  Before his deeds of old.

23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning,  Before the earth existed.

24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth,  When there were no springs abounding with water.

25 Before the mountains were settled in place,  Before the hills, I was brought forth;

26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields,  Nor the beginning of the dust of the world.

27 When he established the heavens, I was there;  When he set a circle on the surface of the deep,

28 When he established the clouds above,  When the springs of the deep became strong,

29 When he gave to the sea its boundary,  That the waters should not violate his commandment,  When he marked out the foundations of the earth;

30 Then I was the craftsman by his side.  I was a delight day by day,  Always rejoicing before him,

31 Rejoicing in his whole world.  My delight was with the sons of men. 

Proverbs 9:1-11

1 Wisdom has built her house.  She has carved out her seven pillars.

2 She has prepared her meat.  She has mixed her wine.  She has also set her table.

3 She has sent out her maidens.  She cries from the highest places of the city:

4 "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!"  As for him who is void of understanding, she says to him,

5 "Come, eat some of my bread,  Drink some of the wine which I have mixed!

6 Leave your simple ways, and live.  Walk in the way of understanding." 

7 He who corrects a mocker invites insult.  He who reproves a wicked man invites abuse.

8 Don't reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you.  Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

9 Instruct a wise man, and he will be still wiser.  Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

10 The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom.  The knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

11 For by me your days will be multiplied.  The years of your life will be increased.