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Proverbs 8 (Lexham English Bible)

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Wisdom Calls

1 Does not wisdom call, and understanding raise its voice? 2 {Atop the heights}a beside the road, at the crossroads she stands. 3 Beside gates, before towns, [at the] entrance of doors, she cries out: 4 "To you, O {people},b I call, and my cry is to the children of humankind. 5 Learn prudence, O simple ones; fools, learn {intelligence}.c 6 Listen! For noble things I will speak, and upright things from the opening of my lips. 7 My mouth will utter truth, and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips. 8 All sayings of my mouth [are] in righteousness; none of them are twisted and crooked. 9 All of them are straight to him who understands, and upright to those who find knowledge. 10 Take my teaching and not silver; may you choose knowledge rather than choice gold. 11 For wisdom is better than jewels, and all desires shall not compare with her. 12 I, wisdom, live with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. 13 The fear of Yahweh [is] hatred of evil, pride, and arrogance and an evil way. And I hate a mouth of perversity. 14 {Advice and sound judgment}d are mine; I am understanding, {strength is mine}.e 15 By me kings reign, and rulers decree righteousness. 16 By me rulers rule, and nobles--all judges of righteousness. 17 I love {those who love me},f and those who seek me diligently shall find me. 18 Fortune and glory [are] with me, enduring wealth and righteousness. 19 My fruit is better than gold,g even refined gold, and my yield than choice silver. 20 In the way of righteousness I walk, in the midst of paths of justice, 21 [in order] to endow those who love me [with] wealth, and I will fill their treasuries.

Wisdom at Creation

22 "Yahweh possessedh me, [the] first of his ways, before his acts {of old}.i 23 From eternity, I was set up from [the] first, from the beginningj of the earth. 24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no springs of {abounding}k water. 25 Before mountains had been shaped, before hills, I was brought forth. 26 When he had not yet made earth and fields, or the first dust of the world, 27 {when he established}l the heavens, there I [was], {when he drew}m a circle upon the face of the deep, 28 {when he made}n skies from above, when he founded fountains of the deep, 29 {when he assigned}o his limits to the sea, that waters shall not transgress his {command},p {when he marked}q the foundations of the earth, 30 I was {beside}r him, a master workman, and I was delighting day by day, rejoicing before him {always},s 31 rejoicing in the world of his earth, and my delight [was] with the children of humankind.

Benefits of Following Wisdom

32 "And now, children, listen to me; happy [are] those who will keep my ways. 33 Hear teaching and be wise; do not neglect [it]. 34 Happy [is the] person who listens to me, [in order] to keep watch at my doors day by day, [in order] to guard the frames of my entrances. 35 For he who finds me [is] he who findst life, and he obtains favor from Yahweh. 36 But he who misses me injures himself.u All those who hate me love death."
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