Proverbs 8
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1  Doth not wisdom call, and understanding put forth her voice?

א  הֲלֹא חָכְמָה תִקְרָא וּתְבוּנָה תִּתֵּן קוֹלָהּ.

2  In the top of high places by the way, where the paths meet, she standeth;

ב  בְּרֹאשׁ מְרֹמִים עֲלֵי דָרֶךְ בֵּית נְתִיבוֹת נִצָּבָה.

3  Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors, she crieth aloud:

ג  לְיַד שְׁעָרִים לְפִי קָרֶת מְבוֹא פְתָחִים תָּרֹנָּה.

4  ‘Unto you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of men.

ד  אֲלֵיכֶם אִישִׁים אֶקְרָא וְקוֹלִי אֶל בְּנֵי אָדָם.

5  O ye thoughtless, understand prudence, and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

ה  הָבִינוּ פְתָאיִם עָרְמָה וּכְסִילִים הָבִינוּ לֵב.

6  Hear, for I will speak excellent things, and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

ו  שִׁמְעוּ כִּי נְגִידִים אֲדַבֵּר וּמִפְתַּח שְׂפָתַי מֵישָׁרִים.

7  For my mouth shall utter truth, and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

ז  כִּי אֱמֶת יֶהְגֶּה חִכִּי וְתוֹעֲבַת שְׂפָתַי רֶשַׁע.

8  All the words of my mouth are in righteousness, there is nothing perverse or crooked in them.

ח  בְּצֶדֶק כָּל אִמְרֵי פִי אֵין בָּהֶם נִפְתָּל וְעִקֵּשׁ.

9  They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

ט  כֻּלָּם נְכֹחִים לַמֵּבִין וִישָׁרִים לְמֹצְאֵי דָעַת.

10  Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold.

י  קְחוּ מוּסָרִי וְאַל כָּסֶף וְדַעַת מֵחָרוּץ נִבְחָר.

11  For wisdom is better than rubies, and all things desirable are not to be compared unto her.

יא  כִּי טוֹבָה חָכְמָה מִפְּנִינִים וְכָל חֲפָצִים לֹא יִשְׁווּ בָהּ.

12  I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of devices.

יב  אֲנִי חָכְמָה שָׁכַנְתִּי עָרְמָה וְדַעַת מְזִמּוֹת אֶמְצָא.

13  The fear of Hashem is to hate evil; pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

יג  יִרְאַת יְהוָה שְׂנֹאת רָע גֵּאָה וְגָאוֹן וְדֶרֶךְ רָע וּפִי תַהְפֻּכוֹת שָׂנֵאתִי.

14  Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.

יד  לִי עֵצָה וְתוּשִׁיָּה אֲנִי בִינָה לִי גְבוּרָה.

15  By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

טו  בִּי מְלָכִים יִמְלֹכוּ וְרֹזְנִים יְחֹקְקוּ צֶדֶק.

16  By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

טז  בִּי שָׂרִים יָשֹׂרוּ וּנְדִיבִים כָּל שֹׁפְטֵי צֶדֶק.

17  I love them that love me, and those that seek me earnestly shall find me.

יז  אֲנִי אהביה (אֹהֲבַי) אֵהָב וּמְשַׁחֲרַי יִמְצָאֻנְנִי.

18  Riches and honour are with me; yea, enduring riches and righteousness.

יח  עֹשֶׁר וְכָבוֹד אִתִּי הוֹן עָתֵק וּצְדָקָה.

19  My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my produce than choice silver.

יט  טוֹב פִּרְיִי מֵחָרוּץ וּמִפָּז וּתְבוּאָתִי מִכֶּסֶף נִבְחָר.

20  I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice;

כ  בְּאֹרַח צְדָקָה אֲהַלֵּךְ בְּתוֹךְ נְתִיבוֹת מִשְׁפָּט.

21  That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance, and that I may fill their treasuries.

כא  לְהַנְחִיל אֹהֲבַי יֵשׁ וְאֹצְרֹתֵיהֶם אֲמַלֵּא.

22  Hashem made me as the beginning of His way, the first of His works of old.

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כב  יְהוָה קָנָנִי רֵאשִׁית דַּרְכּוֹ קֶדֶם מִפְעָלָיו מֵאָז.

8:22   The beginning of His way

The wisdom of the Torah is described in this verse as the “beginning of His way.” The Hebrew word for beginning, ‘reishit,’ is  also used to describe the Children of Israel, called the first of God’s grain (Jeremiah 2:3), and is the first word of the book of Genesis, describing the creation of the world. The Sages connect the three uses of this word and teach that the Lord created the world for the sake of Israel and the Torah. God created a world in which the Children of Israel are to follow the Torah, and thereby serve as a model for the rest of the nations.

Comment

23  I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

כג  מֵעוֹלָם נִסַּכְתִּי מֵרֹאשׁ מִקַּדְמֵי אָרֶץ.

24  When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

כד  בְּאֵין תְּהֹמוֹת חוֹלָלְתִּי בְּאֵין מַעְיָנוֹת נִכְבַּדֵּי מָיִם.

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

כה  בְּטֶרֶם הָרִים הָטְבָּעוּ לִפְנֵי גְבָעוֹת חוֹלָלְתִּי.

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

כו  עַד לֹא עָשָׂה אֶרֶץ וְחוּצוֹת וְרֹאשׁ עַפְרוֹת תֵּבֵל.

27  When He established the heavens, I was there; when He set a circle upon the face of the deep,

כז  בַּהֲכִינוֹ שָׁמַיִם שָׁם אָנִי בְּחֻקוֹ חוּג עַל פְּנֵי תְהוֹם.

28  When He made firm the skies above, when the fountains of the deep showed their might,

כח  בְּאַמְּצוֹ שְׁחָקִים מִמָּעַל בַּעֲזוֹז עִינוֹת תְּהוֹם.

29  When He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not transgress His commandment, when He appointed the foundations of the earth;

כט  בְּשׂוּמוֹ לַיָּם חֻקּוֹ וּמַיִם לֹא יַעַבְרוּ פִיו בְּחוּקוֹ מוֹסְדֵי אָרֶץ.

30  Then I was by Him, as a nursling; and I was daily all delight, playing always before Him,

ל  וָאֶהְיֶה אֶצְלוֹ אָמוֹן וָאֶהְיֶה שַׁעֲשׁוּעִים יוֹם יוֹם מְשַׂחֶקֶת לְפָנָיו בְּכָל עֵת.

31  Playing in His habitable earth, and my delights are with the sons of men.

לא  מְשַׂחֶקֶת בְּתֵבֵל אַרְצוֹ וְשַׁעֲשֻׁעַי אֶת בְּנֵי אָדָם.

32  Now therefore, ye children, hearken unto me; for happy are they that keep my ways.

לב  וְעַתָּה בָנִים שִׁמְעוּ לִי וְאַשְׁרֵי דְּרָכַי יִשְׁמֹרוּ.

33  Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

לג  שִׁמְעוּ מוּסָר וַחֲכָמוּ וְאַל תִּפְרָעוּ.

34  Happy is the man that hearkeneth to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

לד  אַשְׁרֵי אָדָם שֹׁמֵעַ לִי לִשְׁקֹד עַל דַּלְתֹתַי יוֹם יוֹם לִשְׁמֹר מְזוּזֹת פְּתָחָי.

35  For whoso findeth me findeth life, and obtaineth favour of Hashem.

לה  כִּי מֹצְאִי מצאי (מָצָא) חַיִּים וַיָּפֶק רָצוֹן מֵיְהוָה.

36  But he that misseth me wrongeth his own soul; all they that hate me love death.’

לו  וְחֹטְאִי חֹמֵס נַפְשׁוֹ כָּל מְשַׂנְאַי אָהֲבוּ מָוֶת.

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  • This is most beautiful. Who ever finds obtains favour, who ever misses wrongs his own soul. HaShem I desire wisdom.

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