Proverbs 8

The Commendation of Wisdom

1Does not a  wisdom call,
And understanding
Lit give
lift up her voice?
2On top of c  the heights beside the way,
Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3Beside the d  gates, at the opening to the city,
At the entrance of the doors, she cries out:
4To you, O men, I call,
And my voice is to the sons of men.
5“O
Lit simple
,
f  naive ones, understand prudence;
And, O g  fools, understand
Lit heart
wisdom.
6Listen, for I will speak i  noble things;
And the opening of my lips will reveal j  right things.
7“For my k  mouth will utter truth;
And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness;
There is nothing l  crooked or perverted in them.
9They are all m  straightforward to him who understands,
And right to those who n  find knowledge.
10Take my o  instruction and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choicest gold.
11For wisdom is p  better than
Lit corals
jewels;
And r  all desirable things cannot compare with her.

12I, wisdom s  dwell with prudence,
And I find t  knowledge and discretion.
13“The u  fear of the  Lord is to hate evil;
v  Pride and arrogance and w  the evil way
And the x  perverted mouth, I hate.
14 y  Counsel is mine and z  sound wisdom;
I am understanding aa  power is mine.
15“By me ab  kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
16By me princes rule, and nobles,
All who judge rightly.
17“I ac  love those who love me;
And ad  those who diligently seek me will find me.
18 ae  Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring af  wealth and righteousness.
19My fruit is ag  better than gold, even pure gold,
And my yield better than ah  choicest silver.
20I walk in the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
21To endow those who love me with wealth,
That I may ai  fill their treasuries.

22“The  Lord possessed me aj  at the beginning of His way,
Before His works
Lit from then
of old.
23From everlasting I was
Or consecrated
,
am  established,
From the beginning an  from the earliest times of the earth.
24When there were no ao  depths I was
Or born
brought forth,
When there were no springs abounding with water.
25 aq  Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills I was
Or born
brought forth;
26While He had not yet made the earth and the
Lit outside places
fields,
Nor the first dust of the world.
27“When He at  established the heavens, I was there,
When au  He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,
28When He made firm the skies above,
When the springs of the deep became
Lit strong
fixed,
29When aw  He set for the sea its boundary
So that the water would not transgress His
Lit mouth
command,
When He marked out ay  the foundations of the earth;
30Then az  I was beside Him, as a master workman;
And I was daily His delight,
Or Playing
Rejoicing always before Him,
31
Or Playing
Rejoicing in the world, His earth,
And having bc  my delight in the sons of men.

32Now therefore, O sons bd  listen to me,
For be  blessed are they who keep my ways.
33 bf  Heed instruction and be wise,
And do not neglect it.
34 bg  Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at my doorposts.
35“For bh  he who finds me finds life
And bi  obtains favor from the  Lord.
36“But he who
Or misses me
sins against me bk  injures himself;
All those who bl  hate me bm  love death.”

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