12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
and I find knowledge and cdiscretion.
fPride and arrogance and the way of evil
and gperverted speech I hate.
I have insight; jI have strength.
15 By me kkings reign,
and rulers decree what is just;
16 by me princes rule,
and nobles, all who govern justly.1
17 lI love those who love me,
and mthose who seek me diligently find me.
18 nRiches and honor are with me,
2 A good man bobtains favor from the Lord,
but a man of evil devices he condemns.
jbut those who act faithfully are his delight.
ybut he who is generous to the needy honors him.
8 oThe sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
but pthe prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
but he loves him qwho pursues righteousness.
30 xBlows that wound cleanse away evil;
strokes make clean tthe innermost parts.
3 bTo do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
21 Whoever zpursues righteousness and kindness
will find alife, righteousness, and honor.
4 The reward for humility and fear of the Lord