1 Listen! Wisdom cries aloud
making truth and justice heard,
calling to the careless crowd
with the strong, insistent word
Turn from foolishness and lies:
come, and I will make you wise!

2 Not the finest diadems
crowning earth's most powerful kings,
not the purest gold or gems
match the wealth that wisdom brings;
those who rule by wisdom's law
wisdom's riches shall explore.

3 When the heavens lay dark and cold,
while the universe was young,
wisdom saw God's plans unfold
where no angel yet had sung;
but one night in Bethlehem
angels told the world his name.

4 Christ, before all time began
working at his Father's side,
Word of truth, becoming man,
Christ, our wisdom crucified;
wisdom for our scene of shame,
powerful from the dead he came.

5 Wisdom, still the angels' theme:
all that lives, take up the sound!
Wisdom, King of kings supreme,
reigning, glorified and crowned:
Christ our prize and great reward,
Christ our wisdom, Christ our Lord!

Christopher Idle from Proverbs 8 and 1 Corinthians 1
© Christopher Idle/Jubilate Hymns Ltd
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