Proverbs 8
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1Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?1Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
2At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;2She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
3beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud:3She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
4"To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.4Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.5O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
6Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.6Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
7My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.7For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.8All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
9To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge.9They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
10Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,10Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.11For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
12"I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.12I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
13To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.13The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
14Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power.14Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
15By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just;15By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16by me princes govern, and nobles--all who rule on earth.16By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
17I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.17I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
18With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.18Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
19My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.19My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,20I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
21bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full.21That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
22"The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;22The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be.23I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, when there were no springs overflowing with water;24When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth,25Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26before he made the world or its fields or any of the dust of the earth.26While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
27I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,27When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
28when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,28When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
29when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.29When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
30Then I was constantly at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,30Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
31rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.31Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
32"Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.32Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
33Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.33Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.34Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.35For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
36But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death."36But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
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