Proverbs 8
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1Isn't wisdom calling out; isn't understanding raising her voice?1Listen as Wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice!
2On top of the highest places along the road she stands where the roads meet.2On the hilltop along the road, she takes her stand at the crossroads.
3Beside the gates, at the city entrance— at the entrance to the portals she cries aloud:3By the gates at the entrance to the town, on the road leading in, she cries aloud,
4"I'm calling to you, men! What I have to say pertains to all mankind!4“I call to you, to all of you! I raise my voice to all people.
5Understand prudence, you na´ve people; and gain an understanding heart, you foolish ones.5You simple people, use good judgment. You foolish people, show some understanding.
6Listen, because I have noble things to say, and what I have to say will reveal what is right.6Listen to me! For I have important things to tell you. Everything I say is right,
7For my mouth speaks the truth— wickedness is detestable to me.7for I speak the truth and detest every kind of deception.
8Everything I have to say is just; there isn't anything corrupt or perverse in my speech. 8My advice is wholesome. There is nothing devious or crooked in it.
9Everything I say is sensible to someone who understands, and correct to those who have acquired knowledge.9My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge.
10Grab hold of my instruction in lieu of money and knowledge instead of the finest gold,10Choose my instruction rather than 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 far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.
12"I, wisdom, am related to prudence. I know how to be discreet.12“I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.
13The fear of the LORD is to hate evil. Pride, arrogance, an evil lifestyle, and perverted speech I despise.13All who fear the LORD will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech.
14Counsel belongs to me, along with sound judgment. I am understanding. Power belongs to me.14Common sense and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine.
15Kings reign by me, and rulers dispense justice through me.15Because of me, kings reign, and rulers make just decrees.
16By me leaders rule, as do noble officials and all who govern justly. 16Rulers lead with my help, and nobles make righteous judgments.
17I love those who love me, and those who seek me will find me.17“I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me.
18Wealth and honor accompany me, as do enduring wealth and righteousness.18I have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and justice.
19My fruit is better than gold, better than even refined gold, and my benefit surpasses the purest silver.19My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver!
20I walk on the way of righteousness, along paths that are just,20I walk in righteousness, in paths of justice.
21I bequeath wealth to those who love me, and I will fill their treasuries."21Those who love me inherit wealth. I will fill their treasuries.
22"The LORD made me as he began his planning, before his ancient activity commenced.22“The LORD formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else.
23From eternity I was appointed, from the beginning, from before there was land.23I was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began.
24When there were no ocean depths, I brought them to birth at a time when there were no springs.24I was born before the oceans were created, before the springs bubbled forth their waters.
25Before the mountains were shaped, before there were hills, I was bringing them to birth.25Before the mountains were formed, 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 had made the earth and fields and the first handfuls of soil.
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 drew the horizon on the oceans.
28when he made the clouds from above, when the springs of the depths were established,28I was there when he set the clouds above, when he established springs deep in the earth.
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.29I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries. And when he marked off the earth’s foundations,
30Then I was with him, his master craftsman— I was his delight daily, continuously rejoicing in his presence,30I was the architect at his side. I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence.
31rejoicing in his inhabitable world and taking delight in mankind."31And how happy I was with the world he created; how I rejoiced with the human family!
32"So listen to me, children! Blessed are those who obey me.32“And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful.
33Listen to instruction and be wise. Don't ignore it.33Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it.
34Blessed is the person who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorways—34Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home!
35because those who find me find life and gain favor from the LORD.35For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.
36But whoever sins against me destroys himself; everyone who hates me loves death."36But those who miss me injure themselves. All who hate me love death.”
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