"My son, if thou wilt receive my words, And lay up my commandments with thee; So as to incline thine ear unto wisdom, And apply thy heart to understanding; Yea, if thou cry after discernment, And lift up thy voice for understanding; If thou seek her as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures: Then shalt thou understand the fear of Jehovah, And find the knowledge of God. "
Wisdom is depicted as a woman who lifts her voice and shouts in the street calling to the naive ones to turn and listen to her. She will pour out the spirit of wisdom on all who listen to her. When wisdom is ignored "calamity comes on like a whirlwind." The knowledge of God comes when we receive wisdom and "treasure His commandments within us."