Proverbs 8
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1Isn't wisdom calling out; isn't understanding raising her voice?1Does not wisdom call out, and understanding raise her voice?
2On top of the highest places along the road she stands where the roads meet.2On the heights overlooking the road, at the crossroads she takes her stand.
3Beside the gates, at the city entrance— at the entrance to the portals she cries aloud:3Beside the gates to the city, at the entrances she cries out:
4"I'm calling to you, men! What I have to say pertains to all mankind!4“To you, O men, I call out, and my cry is to the sons of men.
5Understand prudence, you na´ve people; and gain an understanding heart, you foolish ones.5O simple ones, learn to be shrewd; O fools, gain understanding.
6Listen, because I have noble things to say, and what I have to say will reveal what is right.6Listen, for I speak of noble things, and the opening of my lips will reveal right.
7For my mouth speaks the truth— wickedness is detestable to me.7For my mouth will speak the truth, and wickedness is detestable to my lips.
8Everything I have to say is just; there isn't anything corrupt or perverse in my speech. 8All the words of my mouth are righteous; none are crooked or perverse.
9Everything I say is sensible to someone who understands, and correct to those who have acquired knowledge.9They are all plain to the discerning, and upright to those who find knowledge.
10Grab hold of my instruction in lieu of money and knowledge instead of the finest gold,10Receive my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold.
11because wisdom is better than precious gems and nothing you desire can compare to it."11For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire compares with her.
12"I, wisdom, am related to prudence. I know how to be discreet.12I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.
13The fear of the LORD is to hate evil. Pride, arrogance, an evil lifestyle, and perverted speech I despise.13To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech.
14Counsel belongs to me, along with sound judgment. I am understanding. Power belongs to me.14Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight and strength.
15Kings reign by me, and rulers dispense justice through me.15By me kings reign, and rulers enact just laws;
16By me leaders rule, as do noble officials and all who govern justly. 16By me princes rule, and all nobles who govern justly.
17I love those who love me, and those who seek me will find me.17I love those who love me, and those who seek me early shall find me.
18Wealth and honor accompany me, as do enduring wealth and righteousness.18With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and righteousness.
19My fruit is better than gold, better than even refined gold, and my benefit surpasses the purest silver.19My fruit is better than gold, pure gold, and my harvest surpasses choice silver.
20I walk on the way of righteousness, along paths that are just,20I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
21I bequeath wealth to those who love me, and I will fill their treasuries."21bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.
22"The LORD made me as he began his planning, before his ancient activity commenced.22The LORD created me as His first course, before His works of old.
23From eternity I was appointed, from the beginning, from before there was land.23From everlasting I was established, from the beginning, before the earth began.
24When there were no ocean depths, I brought them to birth at a time when there were no springs.24When there were no watery depths, I was brought forth, when no springs were overflowing with water.
25Before the mountains were shaped, before there were hills, I was bringing them to birth.25Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth,
26Even though he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the world's first grains of dust,26before He made the land or fields, or any of the dust of the earth.
27when he crafted the heavens, I was there— when he marked out a circle on the face of the deep,27I was there when He established the heavens, when He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,
28when he made the clouds from above, when the springs of the depths were established,28when He established the clouds above, when the fountains of the deep gushed forth,
29when he set a boundary for the sea so the waters would not exceed his limits, when he marked out the foundations of the earth.29when He set a boundary for the sea, so that the waters would not surpass His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth.
30Then I was with him, his master craftsman— I was his delight daily, continuously rejoicing in his presence,30Then I was a skilled craftsman at His side, and His delight day by day, rejoicing always in His presence.
31rejoicing in his inhabitable world and taking delight in mankind."31I was rejoicing in His whole world, delighting together in the sons of men.
32"So listen to me, children! Blessed are those who obey me.32Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, for blessed are those who keep my ways.
33Listen to instruction and be wise. Don't ignore it.33Listen to instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
34Blessed is the person who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorways—34Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at the posts of my doorway.
35because those who find me find life and gain favor from the LORD.35For whoever finds me finds life and obtains the favor of the LORD.
36But whoever sins against me destroys himself; everyone who hates me loves death."36But he who fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.”
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