World English Bible
Proverbs, Chapter 8

   1: Doesn't wisdom cry out? Doesn't understanding raise her voice?
   2: On the top of high places by the way, Where the paths meet, she stands.
   3: Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entry doors, she cries aloud:
   4: "To you men, I call! I send my voice to the sons of mankind.
   5: You simple, understand prudence. You fools, be of an understanding heart.
   6: Hear, for I will speak excellent things. The opening of my lips is for right things.
   7: For my mouth speaks truth. 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 who understands, Right to those who find knowledge.
   10: Receive my instruction rather than silver; Knowledge rather than choice gold.
   11: For wisdom is better than rubies. All the things that may be desired can't be compared to it.
   12: "I, wisdom, have made prudence my dwelling. Find out knowledge and discretion.
   13: The fear of Yahweh is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth.
   14: Counsel and sound knowledge are mine. I have understanding and power.
   15: By me kings reign, And princes decree justice.
   16: By me princes rule; Nobles, and all the righteous rulers of the earth.
   17: I love those who love me. Those who seek me diligently will find me.
   18: With me are riches, honor, Enduring wealth, and prosperity.
   19: My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold; My yield than choice silver.
   20: I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice;
   21: That I may give wealth to those who love me. I fill their treasuries.
   22: "Yahweh possessed me in the beginning of his work, Before his deeds of old.
   23: I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Before the earth existed.
   24: When there were no depths, I was brought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water.
   25: Before the mountains were settled in place, Before the hills, I was 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 on the surface of the deep,
   28: When he established the clouds above, When the springs of the deep became strong,
   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;
   30: Then I was the craftsman by his side. I was a delight day by day, Always rejoicing before him,
   31: Rejoicing in his whole world. My delight was with the sons of men.
   32: "Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, For blessed are those who keep my ways.
   33: Hear instruction, and be wise, Don't refuse it.
   34: Blessed is the man who hears me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my door posts.
   35: For whoever finds me, finds life, And will obtain favor from Yahweh.
   36: But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul. All those who hate me love death."

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