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Proverbs 8 (The Darby Translation)

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1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding give forth her voice? 2 On the top of high places by the way, at the cross-paths she taketh her stand. 3 Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors, she crieth aloud. 4 Unto you, men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of man: 5 O ye simple, understand prudence; and ye foolish, understand sense. a 6 Hear, for I will speak excellent things, and the opening of my lips shall be right things. 7 For my palate shall meditate truth, and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing tortuous b or perverse in them. 9 They are all plain c to him that understandeth, and right d 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, e and all the things that may be desired are not equal to it. 12 I wisdom dwell [with] prudence, and find the knowledge [which cometh] of reflection. f 13 The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil; pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth g do I hate. 14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am intelligence; I have strength. 15 By me kings reign, and rulers h make just decrees; 16 by me princes rule, and nobles, all the judges of the earth. 17 I love those that love me; and they that seek me early i shall find me. 18 Riches and honour are with me; durable j wealth and righteousness. 19 My fruit is better than fine gold, yea, than pure gold; and my revenue than choice silver. 20 I walk in the path of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: 21 that I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasuries. 22 Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works k of old. 23 I was set up l from eternity, 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 m of the world. 27 When he prepared the heavens I was there; when he ordained the circle n upon the face of the deep; 28 when he established the skies above, when the fountains of the deep became strong; o 29 when he imposed on the sea his decree that the waters should not pass his commandment, when he appointed the foundations of the earth: 30 then I was by him [his] nursling, p and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; 31 rejoicing in the habitable part q of his earth, and my delights [were] with the sons of men. 32 And now, sons, hearken unto me, and 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 r the posts of my doors. 35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and obtaineth favour of Jehovah; 36 but he that sinneth against me s doeth violence to his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
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