Proverbs 8
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1Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?1Does not wisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice?
2At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;2On top of the heights beside the way, Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud:3Beside the gates, at the opening to the city, At the entrance of the doors, she cries out:
4"To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.4"To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men.
5You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.5"O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom.
6Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.6"Listen, for I will speak noble things; And the opening of my lips will reveal right things.
7My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.7"For my mouth will utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.8"All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness; There is nothing crooked or perverted in them.
9To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge.9"They are all straightforward to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge.
10Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,10"Take my instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold.
11for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.11"For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things cannot compare with her.
12"I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.12"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion.
13To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.13"The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate.
14Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power.14"Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.
15By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just;15"By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.
16by me princes govern, and nobles--all who rule on earth.16"By me princes rule, and nobles, All who judge rightly.
17I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.17"I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.
18With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.18"Riches and honor are with me, Enduring wealth and righteousness.
19My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.19"My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield better than choicest silver.
20I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,20"I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice,
21bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full.21To endow those who love me with wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.
22"The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;22"The LORD possessed me at 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.23"From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.
24When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, when there were no springs overflowing with water;24"When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water.
25before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth,25"Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills I was brought forth;
26before he made the world or its fields or any of the dust of the earth.26While He had not yet made the earth and the fields, Nor the first 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,27"When He established the heavens, I was there, When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,
28when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,28When He made firm the skies above, When the springs of the deep became fixed,
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 set for the sea its boundary So that the water would not transgress His command, When He marked out 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 beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him,
31rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.31Rejoicing in the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men.
32"Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.32"Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, For blessed are they who keep my ways.
33Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.33"Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it.
34Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.34"Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts.
35For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.35"For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD.
36But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death."36"But he who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death."
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