22″The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
23″From everlasting I was established,
From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.
24″When there were no depths I was brought forth,
When there were no springs abounding with water.
25″Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills I was brought forth;
26While He had not yet made the earth and the fields,
Nor the first dust of the world.
27″When He established the heavens, I was there,
When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,
28When He made firm the skies above,
When the springs of the deep became fixed,
29When He set for the sea its boundary
So that the water would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth;
30Then I was beside Him, as a master workman;
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
31Rejoicing in the world, His earth,
And having my delight in the sons of men.
32″Now therefore, O sons, listen to me,
For blessed are they who keep my ways.
33″Heed instruction and be wise,
And do not neglect it.
34″Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at my doorposts.
35″For he who finds me finds life
And obtains favor from the Lord.
36″But he who sins against me injures himself;
All those who hate me love death.”
1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation
Action: How could wisdom bless me? What should I do to receive wisdom’s blessings?