Wisdom in the Beginning
“In the beginning I was there, for God possessed me even before he created the universe.
From eternity past I was set in place, before the world began. I was anointed from the beginning.
Before the oceans depths were poured out, and before there were any glorious fountains overflowing with water, I was there, dancing!
Even before one mountain had been sculpted or one hill raised up, I was already there, dancing!
When he created the earth, the fields, even the first atom of dust, I was already there. When he hung the tapestry of the heavens and stretched out the horizon of the earth,
when the clouds and skies were set in place and the subterranean fountains began to flow strong, I was already there.
when he set in place the pillars of the earth and spoke the decrees of the seas, commanding the waves so that they wouldn’t overstep their boundaries,
I was there, close to the Creator’s side as his master artist. Daily he was filled with delight in me as I playfully rejoiced before him.
I laughed and played, so happy with what he had made, while finding my delight in the children of men.
Wisdom Worth Waiting For
“So listen, my sons and daughters, to everything I tell you, for nothing will bring you more joy than following my ways.
Listen to my counsel, for my instruction will enlighten you. You’ll be wise not to ignore it.
If you wait at wisdom’s doorway, longing to hear a word for every day, joy will break forth within you as you listen for what I’ll say.
For the fountain of life pours into you every time that you find me, and this is the secret of growing in the delight and the favor of the Lord.
But those who stumble and miss me will be sorry they did! For ignoring what I have to say will bring harm to your own soul. Those who hate me are simply flirting with death!”