American Standard Version
Proverbs, Chapter 8

   1: Doth not wisdom cry, And understanding put forth her voice?
   2: On the top of high places by the way, Where the paths meet, she standeth;
   3: Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, At the coming in at the doors, she crieth aloud:
   4: Unto you, O men, I call; And my voice is to the sons of men.
   5: O ye simple, understand prudence; And, ye fools, be of an understanding heart.
   6: Hear, for I will speak excellent things; And the opening of my lips shall be right things.
   7: For my mouth shall utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
   8: All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; There is nothing crooked or perverse in them.
   9: They are all plain to him that understandeth, And right to them that find knowledge.
   10: Receive my instruction, and not silver; And knowledge rather than choice gold.
   11: For wisdom is better than rubies; And all the things that may be desired are not to be compared unto it.
   12: I wisdom have made prudence my dwelling, And find out knowledge [and] discretion.
   13: The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil: Pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, And the perverse mouth, do I hate.
   14: Counsel is mine, and sound knowledge: I am understanding; I have might.
   15: By me kings reign, And princes decree justice.
   16: By me princes rule, And nobles, [even] all the judges of the earth.
   17: I love them that love me; And those that seek me diligently shall find me.
   18: Riches and honor are with me; [Yea], durable wealth and righteousness.
   19: My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; And my revenue than choice silver.
   20: I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice;
   21: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance, And that I may fill their treasuries.
   22: Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, Before his works of old.
   23: I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Before the earth was.
   24: When there were no depths, I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water.
   25: Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills was I brought forth;
   26: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, Nor the beginning of the dust of the world.
   27: When he established the heavens, I was there: When he set a circle upon the face of the deep,
   28: When he made firm the skies above, When the fountains of the deep became strong,
   29: When he gave to the sea its bound, That the waters should not transgress his commandment, When he marked out the foundations of the earth;
   30: Then I was by him, [as] a master workman; And I was daily [his] delight, Rejoicing always before him,
   31: Rejoicing in his habitable earth; And my delight was with the sons of men.
   32: Now therefore, [my] sons, hearken unto me; For blessed are they that keep my ways.
   33: Hear instruction, and be wise, And refuse it not.
   34: Blessed is the man that heareth me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors.
   35: For whoso findeth me findeth life, And shall obtain favor of Jehovah.
   36: But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: All they that hate me love death.

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