Proverbs 8

The Blessings of Wisdom

1 Does not a  wisdom call?
Does not b  understanding raise her voice?
2On c  the heights beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
3beside d  the gates in front of e  the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
4“To you, O f  men, I call,
and my cry is to g  the children of man.
5O h  simple ones, learn i  prudence;
O j  fools, learn sense.
6Hear, for I will speak k  noble things,
and from my lips will come l  what is right,
7for my m  mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing n  twisted or crooked in them.
9They are all o  straight to him who understands,
and right to those who find knowledge.
10 p  Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 q  for wisdom is better than jewels,
and r  all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
12 I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
and I find knowledge and s  discretion.
13 t  The fear of the  Lord is u  hatred of evil.
v  Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
and w  perverted speech I hate.
14I have x  counsel and y  sound wisdom;
I have insight; z  I have strength.
15By me aa  kings reign,
and rulers decree what is just;
16by me princes rule,
and nobles, all who govern justly.
Most Hebrew manuscripts; many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint  govern the earth

17 ac  I love those who love me,
and ad  those who seek me diligently find me.
18 ae  Riches and honor are with me,
af  enduring wealth and ag  righteousness.
19My fruit is ah  better than ai  gold, even fine gold,
and my yield than aj  choice silver.
20I walk in the way of righteousness,
in the paths of justice,
21granting an inheritance to those who love me,
and filling their treasuries.
22 ak  “The  Lord al  possessed
Or fathered; Septuagint created
me at the beginning of his work,
Hebrew way

the first of his acts ao  of old.
23Ages ago I was ap  set up,
at the first aq  before the beginning of the earth.
24When there were no ar  depths I was as  brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
25Before the mountains at  had been shaped,
au  before the hills, I was brought forth,
26before he had made the earth with its fields,
or the first of the dust of the world.
27When he av  established the heavens, I was there;
when he drew aw  a circle on the face of the deep,
28when he ax  made firm the skies above,
when he established
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
the fountains of the deep,
29when he az  assigned to the sea its ba  limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out bb  the foundations of the earth,
30then bc  I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his
Or  daily filled with
be  delight,
rejoicing before him always,
31 bf  rejoicing in his bg  inhabited world
and delighting in the children of man.
32 “And now, bh  O sons, listen to me:
bi  blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 bj  Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
34 bk  Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
35For bl  whoever finds me bm  finds life
and bn  obtains favor from the  Lord,
36but he who fails to find me bo  injures himself;
all who bp  hate me bq  love death.”
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