Proverbs 8

Proverbs 8:1  
Doesn’t wisdom cry out? Doesn’t understanding raise her voice?

Proverbs 8:2  
On the top of high places by the way, where the paths meet, she stands.

Proverbs 8:3  
Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entry doors, she cries aloud:

Proverbs 8:4  
“I call to you men! I send my voice to the sons of mankind.

Proverbs 8:5  
You simple, understand prudence! You fools, be of an understanding heart!

Proverbs 8:6  
Hear, for I will speak excellent things. The opening of my lips is for right things.

Proverbs 8:7  
For my mouth speaks truth. Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

Proverbs 8:8  
All the words of my mouth are in righteousness. There is nothing crooked or perverse in them.

Proverbs 8:9  
They are all plain to him who understands, right to those who find knowledge.

Proverbs 8:10  
Receive my instruction rather than silver, knowledge rather than choice gold.

Proverbs 8:11  
For wisdom is better than rubies. All the things that may be desired can’t be compared to it.

Proverbs 8:12  
“I, wisdom, have made prudence my dwelling. Find out knowledge and discretion.

Proverbs 8:13  
The fear of Yahweh is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth.

Proverbs 8:14  
Counsel and sound knowledge are mine. I have understanding and power.

Proverbs 8:15  
By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

Proverbs 8:16  
By me princes rule, nobles, and all the righteous rulers of the earth.

Proverbs 8:17  
I love those who love me. Those who seek me diligently will find me.

Proverbs 8:18  
With me are riches, honor, enduring wealth, and prosperity.

Proverbs 8:19  
My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, my yield than choice silver.

Proverbs 8:20  
I walk in the way of righteousness, in the middle of the paths of justice,

Proverbs 8:21  
that I may give wealth to those who love me. I fill their treasuries.

Proverbs 8:22  
“Yahweh possessed me in the beginning of his work, before his deeds of old.

Proverbs 8:23  
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth existed.

Proverbs 8:24  
When there were no depths, I was born, when there were no springs abounding with water.

Proverbs 8:25  
Before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was born;

Proverbs 8:26  
while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world.

Proverbs 8:27  
When he established the heavens, I was there. When he set a circle on the surface of the deep,

Proverbs 8:28  
when he established the clouds above, when the springs of the deep became strong,

Proverbs 8:29  
when he gave to the sea its boundary, that the waters should not violate his commandment, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,

Proverbs 8:30  
then I was the craftsman by his side. I was a delight day by day, always rejoicing before him,

Proverbs 8:31  
rejoicing in his whole world. My delight was with the sons of men.

Proverbs 8:32  
“Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, for blessed are those who keep my ways.

Proverbs 8:33  
Hear instruction, and be wise. Don’t refuse it.

Proverbs 8:34  
Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my door posts.

Proverbs 8:35  
For whoever finds me finds life, and will obtain favor from Yahweh.

Proverbs 8:36  
But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul. All those who hate me love death.”

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