Proverbs 8
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1  It is Wisdom calling, Understanding raising her voice.

א  הֲלֹא־חָכְמָה תִקְרָא וּתְבוּנָה תִּתֵּן קוֹלָהּ׃

2  She takes her stand at the topmost heights, By the wayside, at the crossroads,

ב  בְּרֹאשׁ־מְרוֹמִים עֲלֵי־דָרֶךְ בֵּית נְתִיבוֹת נִצָּבָה׃

3  Near the gates at the city entrance; At the entryways, she shouts,

ג  לְיַד־שְׁעָרִים לְפִי־קָרֶת מְבוֹא פְתָחִים תָּרֹנָּה׃

4  “O men, I call to you; My cry is to all mankind.

ד  אֲלֵיכֶם אִישִׁים אֶקְרָא וְקוֹלִי אֶל־בְּנֵי אָדָם׃

5  O simple ones, learn shrewdness; O dullards, instruct your minds.

ה  הָבִינוּ פְתָאיִם עָרְמָה וּכְסִילִים הָבִינוּ לֵב׃

6  Listen, for I speak noble things; Uprightness comes from my lips;

ו  שִׁמְעוּ כִּי־נְגִידִים אֲדַבֵּר וּמִפְתַּח שְׂפָתַי מֵישָׁרִים׃

7  My mouth utters truth; Wickedness is abhorrent to my lips.

ז  כִּי־אֱמֶת יֶהְגֶּה חִכִּי וְתוֹעֲבַת שְׂפָתַי רֶשַׁע׃

8  All my words are just, None of them perverse or crooked;

ח  בְּצֶדֶק כָּל־אִמְרֵי־פִי אֵין בָּהֶם נִפְתָּל וְעִקֵּשׁ׃

9  All are straightforward to the intelligent man, And right to those who have attained knowledge.

ט  כֻּלָּם נְכֹחִים לַמֵּבִין וִישָׁרִים לְמֹצְאֵי דָעַת׃

10  Accept my discipline rather than silver, Knowledge rather than choice gold.

י  קְחוּ־מוּסָרִי וְאַל־כָּסֶף וְדַעַת מֵחָרוּץ נִבְחָר׃

11  For wisdom is better than rubies; No goods can equal her.

יא  כִּי־טוֹבָה חָכְמָה מִפְּנִינִים וְכָל־חֲפָצִים לֹא יִשְׁווּ־בָהּ׃

12  “I, Wisdom, live with Prudence; I attain knowledge and foresight.

יב  אֲ‍נִי־חָכְמָה שָׁכַנְתִּי עָרְמָה וְדַעַת מְזִמּוֹת אֶמְצָא׃

13  To fear Hashem is to hate evil; I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, And duplicity in speech.

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

14  Mine are counsel and resourcefulness; I am understanding; courage is mine.

יד  לִי־עֵצָה וְתוּשִׁיָּה אֲנִי בִינָה לִי גְבוּרָה׃

15  Through me kings reign And rulers decree just laws;

טו  בִּי מְלָכִים יִמְלֹכוּ וְרוֹזְנִים יְחֹקְקוּ צֶדֶק׃

16  Through me princes rule, Great men and all the righteous judges.

טז  בִּי שָׂרִים יָשֹׂרוּ וּנְדִיבִים כָּל־שֹׁפְטֵי צֶדֶק׃

17  Those who love me I love, And those who seek me will find me.

יז  אֲנִי אהביה [אֹהֲבַי] אֵהָב וּמְשַׁחֲרַי יִמְצָאֻנְנִי׃

18  Riches and honor belong to me, Enduring wealth and success.

יח  עֹשֶׁר־וְכָבוֹד אִתִּי הוֹן עָתֵק וּצְדָקָה׃

19  My fruit is better than gold, fine gold, And my produce better than choice silver.

יט  טוֹב פִּרְיִי מֵחָרוּץ וּמִפָּז וּתְבוּאָתִי מִכֶּסֶף נִבְחָר׃

20  I walk on the way of righteousness, On the paths of justice.

כ  בְּאֹרַח־צְדָקָה אֲהַלֵּך בְּתוֹךְ נְתִיבוֹת מִשְׁפָּט׃

21  I endow those who love me with substance; I will fill their treasuries.

כא  לְהַנְחִיל אֹהֲבַי יֵשׁ וְאֹצְרֹתֵיהֶם אֲמַלֵּא׃

22  “Hashem created me at the beginning of His course As 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 course

The wisdom of the Torah is described in this verse as the “beginning of His course.” The Hebrew word for ‘beginning,’ reishit (ראשית), is  also used to describe the children of Israel, called reisheet t’vuato, ‘the first-fruits of His [Hashem’s] harvest’ (Jeremiah 2:3), and it is also the first word of Sefer Bereishit, describing the creation of the world. The Sages connect the three uses of this word and teach that Hashem created the world for the sake of Israel and of 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  In the distant past I was fashioned, At the beginning, at the origin of earth.

כג  מֵעוֹלָם נִסַּכְתִּי מֵרֹאשׁ מִקַּדְמֵי־אָרֶץ׃

24  There was still no deep when I was brought forth, No springs rich in water;

כד  בְּאֵין־תְּהֹמוֹת חוֹלָלְתִּי בְּאֵין מַעְיָנוֹת נִכְבַּדֵּי־מָיִם׃

25  Before [the foundation of] the mountains were sunk, Before the hills I was born.

כה  בְּטֶרֶם הָרִים הָטְבָּעוּ לִפְנֵי גְבָעוֹת חוֹלָלְתִּי׃

26  He had not yet made earth and fields, Or the world’s first clumps of clay.

כו  עַד־לֹא עָשָׂה אֶרֶץ וְחוּצוֹת וְרֹאשׁ עָפְרוֹת תֵּבֵל׃

27  I was there when He set the heavens into place; When He fixed the horizon upon the deep;

כז  בַּהֲכִינוֹ שָׁמַיִם שָׁם אָנִי בְּחוּקוֹ חוּג עַל־פְּנֵי תְהוֹם׃

28  When He made the heavens above firm, And the fountains of the deep gushed forth;

כח  בְּאַמְּצוֹ שְׁחָקִים מִמָּעַל בַּעֲזוֹז עִינוֹת תְּהוֹם׃

29  When He assigned the sea its limits, So that its waters never transgress His command; When He fixed the foundations of the earth,

כט  בְּשׂוּמוֹ לַיָּם חֻקּוֹ וּמַיִם לֹא יַעַבְרוּ־פִיו בְּחוּקוֹ מוֹסְדֵי אָרֶץ׃

30  I was with Him as a confidant, A source of delight every day, Rejoicing before Him at all times,

ל  וָאֶהְיֶה אֶצְלוֹ אָמוֹן וָאֶהְיֶה שַׁעֲשֻׁעִים יוֹם יוֹם מְשַׂחֶקֶת לְפָנָיו בְּכָל־עֵת׃

31  Rejoicing in His inhabited world, Finding delight with mankind.

לא  מְשַׂחֶקֶת בְּתֵבֵל אַרְצוֹ וְשַׁעֲשֻׁעַי אֶת־בְּנֵי אָדָם׃

32  Now, sons, listen to me; Happy are they who keep my ways.

לב  וְעַתָּה בָנִים שִׁמְעוּ־לִי וְאַשְׁרֵי דְּרָכַי יִשְׁמֹרוּ׃

33  Heed discipline and become wise; Do not spurn it.

לג  שִׁמְעוּ מוּסָר וַחֲכָמוּ וְאַל־תִּפְרָעוּ׃

34  Happy is the man who listens to me, Coming early to my gates each day, Waiting outside my doors.

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

35  For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from Hashem.

לה  כִּי מֹצְאִי מצאי [מָצָא] חַיִּים וַיָּפֶק רָצוֹן מֵיְהוָה׃

36  But he who misses me destroys himself; All who 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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