Proverbs 8
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1Isn't wisdom calling out; isn't understanding raising her voice?1Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?
2On top of the highest places along the road she stands where the roads meet.2At the top of the elevated places along the way, at the intersection of the paths she takes her stand;
3Beside the gates, at the city entrance— at the entrance to the portals she cries aloud:3beside the gates opening into the city, at the entrance of the doorways she cries out:
4"I'm calling to you, men! What I have to say pertains to all mankind!4"To you, O people, I call out, and my voice calls to all mankind.
5Understand prudence, you na´ve people; and gain an understanding heart, you foolish ones.5You who are naive, discern wisdom! And you fools, understand discernment!
6Listen, because I have noble things to say, and what I have to say will reveal what is right.6Listen, for I will speak excellent things, and my lips will utter what is right.
7For my mouth speaks the truth— wickedness is detestable to me.7For my mouth speaks truth, and my lips hate wickedness.
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; there is nothing in them twisted or crooked.
9Everything I say is sensible to someone who understands, and correct to those who have acquired knowledge.9All of them are clear 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 rather than silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11because wisdom is better than precious gems and nothing you desire can compare to it."11For wisdom is better than rubies, and desirable things cannot be compared to her.
12"I, wisdom, am related to prudence. I know how to be discreet.12"I, wisdom, live 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.13The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; I hate arrogant pride and the evil way and perverse utterances.
14Counsel belongs to me, along with sound judgment. I am understanding. Power belongs to me.14Counsel and sound wisdom belong to me; I possess understanding and might.
15Kings reign by me, and rulers dispense justice through me.15Kings reign by means of me, and potentates decree righteousness;
16By me leaders rule, as do noble officials and all who govern justly. 16by me princes rule, as well as nobles and all righteous judges.
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 find me.
18Wealth and honor accompany me, as do enduring wealth and righteousness.18Riches and honor are with me, long-lasting 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 the purest gold, and what I produce is better than choice silver.
20I walk on the way of righteousness, along paths that are just,20I walk in the path of righteousness, in the pathway of justice,
21I bequeath wealth to those who love me, and I will fill their treasuries."21that I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, and that I may fill their treasuries.
22"The LORD made me as he began his planning, before his ancient activity commenced.22The LORD created me as the beginning of his works, before his deeds of long ago.
23From eternity I was appointed, from the beginning, from before there was land.23From eternity I was appointed, from the beginning, from before the world existed.
24When there were no ocean depths, I brought them to birth at a time when there were no springs.24When there were no deep oceans I was born, when there were no springs overflowing with water;
25Before the mountains were shaped, before there were hills, I was bringing them to birth.25before the mountains were set in place--before the hills--I was born,
26Even though he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the world's first grains of dust,26before he made the earth and its fields, or the beginning of the dust of the world.
27when he crafted the heavens, I was there— when he marked out a circle on the face of the deep,27When he established the heavens, I was there; when he marked out the horizon over 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 grew strong,
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 gave the sea his decree that the waters should not pass over 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 beside him as a master craftsman, and I was his delight day by day, rejoicing before him at all times,
31rejoicing in his inhabitable world and taking delight in mankind."31rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth, and delighting in its people.
32"So listen to me, children! Blessed are those who obey me.32"So now, children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.
33Listen to instruction and be wise. Don't ignore it.33Listen to my instruction so that you may be wise, and do not neglect it.
34Blessed is the person who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorways—34Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching at my doors day by day, waiting beside my doorway.
35because those who find me find life and gain favor from the LORD.35For the one who finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.
36But whoever sins against me destroys himself; everyone who hates me loves death."36But the one who does not find me brings harm to himself; all who hate me love death."
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