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በውኑ ጥበብ አትጮኽምን? ማስተዋልስ ድምፅዋን አትሰጥምን?
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በኮረብታ ላይ በመንገድ አጠገብ በጎዳና መካከል ትቆማለች።
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በበሩ አጠገብ በከተማይቱም መግቢያ፥ በደጁ መግቢያ ትጮኻለች።
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እናንተ ሰዎች፥ እናንተን እጠራለሁ፥ ድምፄም ወደ ሰዎች ልጆች ነው።
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እናንተ አላዋቂዎች፥ ብልሃትን አስተውሉ፤ እናንተም ሰነፎች ጥበብን በልባችሁ ያዙ።
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የከበረች ነገርን እናገራለሁና ስሙ፤ ከንፈሮቼም ቅን ነገርን ለመናገር ይከፈታሉ።
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አፌ እውነትን ይናገራልና፥ ከንፈሮቼም ክፋትን ይጸየፋሉ።
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የአፌ ቃላት ሁሉ ጽድቅ ናቸው፤ ጠማማ ዘወርዋራም አይደሉም።
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እነርሱ በሚያስተውሉ ዘንድ የቀኑ ናቸው፥ እውቀትንም ካገኙአት ሰዎች ጋር የተስማሙ ናቸው።
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ተግሣጼን እንጂ ብርን አትቀበሉ፥ ከምዝምዝ ወርቅም ይልቅ እውቀትን ተቀበሉ።
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ጥበብ ከቀይ ዕንቍ ትበልጣለችና የከበረ ነገር ሁሉ አይተካከላትም።
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እኔ ጥበብ በብልሃት ተቀምጫለሁ፥ እውቀትንም ጥንቃቄንም አግኝቻለሁ።
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እግዚአብሔርን መፍራት ክፋትን ይጠላል፤ ትዕቢትንና እብሪትን ክፉንም መንገድ ጠማማውንም አፍ እጠላለሁ።
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ምክርና መልካም ጥበብ የእኔ ነው፤ ማስተዋል እኔ ነኝ፥ ብርታትም አለኝ።
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ነገሥታት በእኔ ይነግሣሉ፥ ሹማምቶችም የቀናውን ነገር ይደነግጋሉ።
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አለቆች በእኔ ያዝዛሉ፥ ክቡራንና የምድር ፈራጆችም ሁሉ።
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እኔ የሚወድዱኝን እወድዳለሁ፥ ተግተው የሚሹኝም ያገኙኛል።
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ብልጥግናና ክብር በእኔ ዘንድ ነው፥ ብዙ ሀብትና ጽድቅም።
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ፍሬዬም ከምዝምዝ ወርቅ ይሻላል፥ ቡቃያዬም ከተመረጠች ብር።
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እኔ በጽድቅ መንገድ እሄዳለሁ፥ በፍርድም ጎዳና መካከል፥
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ለሚወድዱኝ ርስት አወርሳቸው ዘንድ ቤተ መዛግብታቸውንም እሞላ ዘንድ።
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እግዚአብሔር የመንገዱ መጀመሪያ አደረገኝ፥ በቀድሞ ሥራው መጀመሪያ።
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ከጥንቱ ከዘላለም ጀምሮ ተሾምሁ፤ ምድር ከመፈጠርዋ አስቀድሞ።
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ቀላያት ገና ሳይኖሩ እኔ ተወለድሁ፥ የውኃ ምንጮች ገና ሳይፈልቁ።
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ተራሮች ገና ሳይመሠረቱ፥ ከኮረብቶች በፊት እኔ ተወለድሁ፥
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ምድሪቱንና ሜዳውን ገና ሳይፈጥር፤ የመጀመሪያውን የዓለም አፈር።
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ሰማዮችን በዘረጋ ጊዜ አብሬ ነበርሁ፥ በቀላያት ፊት ክበብን በደነገገ ጊዜ፥
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ደመናትን በላይ ባዘጋጀ ጊዜ፥ የቀላይን ምንጮች ባጸና ጊዜ፥
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ለባሕርም ዳርቻን በወሰነ ጊዜ ውኃ ከትእዛዙ እንዳያልፍ፥ የምድርን መሠረት በመሠረተ ጊዜ፥
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የዚያን ጊዜ እኔ በእርሱ ዘንድ ዋና ሠራተኛ ነበርሁ፤ ዕለት ዕለት ደስ አሰኘው ነበርሁ፥ በፊቱም ሁልጊዜ ደስ ይለኝ ነበርሁ፥
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ደስታዬም በምድሩ ተድላዬም በሰው ልጆች ነበረ።
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አሁንም ልጆቼ ሆይ፥ ስሙኝ፤ መንገዴንም የሚጠብቁ ምስጉኖች ናቸው።
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ትምህርቴን ስሙ፥ ጠቢባንም ሁኑ፥ ቸል አትበሉትም።
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የሚሰማኝ ሰው ምስጉን ነው ዕለት ዕለት በቤቴ መግቢያ የሚተጋ፥ የደጄንም መድረክ የሚጠብቅ።
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እኔን ያገኘ ሕይወትን ያገኛልና። ከእግዚአብሔርም ሞገስን ያገኛልና።
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እኔን ያጣ ግን ራሱን ይጐዳል፤ የሚጠሉኝ ሁሉ ሞትን ይወድዳሉ።

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Doesn''t wisdom cry out? Doesn''t understanding raise her voice?
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On the top of high places by the way, where the paths meet, she stands.
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Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entry doors, she cries aloud:
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"To you men, I call! I send my voice to the sons of mankind.
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You simple, understand prudence. You fools, be of an understanding heart.
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Hear, for I will speak excellent things. The opening of my lips is for right things.
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For my mouth speaks truth. Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
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All the words of my mouth are in righteousness. There is nothing crooked or perverse in them.
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They are all plain to him who understands, right to those who find knowledge.
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Receive my instruction rather than silver; knowledge rather than choice gold.
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For wisdom is better than rubies. All the things that may be desired can''t be compared to it.
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"I, wisdom, have made prudence my dwelling. Find out knowledge and discretion.
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The fear of Yahweh is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth.
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Counsel and sound knowledge are mine. I have understanding and power.
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By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
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By me princes rule; nobles, and all the righteous rulers of the earth.
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I love those who love me. Those who seek me diligently will find me.
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With me are riches, honor, enduring wealth, and prosperity.
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My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold; my yield than choice silver.
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I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice;
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That I may give wealth to those who love me. I fill their treasuries.
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"Yahweh possessed me in the beginning of his work, before his deeds of old.
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I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth existed.
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When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.
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Before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was brought forth;
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while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world.
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When he established the heavens, I was there; when he set a circle on the surface of the deep,
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when he established the clouds above, when the springs of the deep became strong,
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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;
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then I was the craftsman by his side. I was a delight day by day, always rejoicing before him,
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Rejoicing in his whole world. My delight was with the sons of men.
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"Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, for blessed are those who keep my ways.
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Hear instruction, and be wise. Don''t refuse it.
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Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my door posts.
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For whoever finds me, finds life, and will obtain favor from Yahweh.
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But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul. All those who hate me love death."