An angel displays symbols of vanity that are associated with the deadly sin of pride. Proverbs 6:16-19 outlines the seven deadly sins as, "A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.". Rather than seeking material wealth, Proverbs promotes wisdom as some of the greatest wealth attainable. 8:10-11 says, "Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it." Proverbs 20:15 says, "There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel." (See also Ecclesiates 1:2 and 12:8) See Proverbs 6:16–19, Proverbs 8:10–11, Proverbs 20:15, Ecclesiastes 1:2, Ecclesiastes 12:8. Source

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Chapter 8 Scripture

  • 1  Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

  • 2  She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.

  • 3  She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.

  • 4  Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

  • 5  O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

  • 6  Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

  • 7  For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

  • 8  All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.

  • 9  They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

  • 10  Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

  • 11  For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

  • 12  I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

  • 13  The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

  • 14  Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

  • 15  By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

  • 16  By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

  • 17  I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

  • 18  Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.

  • 19  My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.

  • 20  I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:

  • 21  That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

  • 22  The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

  • 23  I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

  • 24  When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

  • 25  Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:

  • 26  While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

  • 27  When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:

  • 28  When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

  • 29  When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

  • 30  Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

  • 31  Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

  • 32  Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.

  • 33  Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

  • 34  Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

  • 35  For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.

  • 36  But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

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