Proverbs 8 (New American Standard)

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The Commendation of Wisdom

1 Does not 1wisdom call, And understanding alift up her voice ? 2 On top of 2the heights beside the way, Where the paths meet, she takes her stand ; 3 Beside the 3gates, at the opening to the city, At the entrance of the doors, she cries out: 4 "To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men. 5 "O b4naive ones, understand prudence ; And, O 5fools, understand cwisdom. 6 "Listen, for I will speak 6noble things ; And the opening of my lips will reveal 7right things. 7 "For my 8mouth will utter truth ; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8 "All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness ; There is nothing 9crooked or perverted in them. 9 "They are all 10straightforward to him who understands, And right to those who 11find knowledge. 10 "Take my 12instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold. 11 "For wisdom is 13better than djewels ; And 14all desirable things cannot compare with her. 12 "I, wisdom, 15dwell with prudence, And I find 16knowledge and discretion. 13 "The 17fear of the LORD is to hate evil ; 18Pride and arrogance and 19the evil way And the 20perverted mouth, I hate. 14 "21Counsel is mine and 22sound wisdom ; I am understanding, 23power is mine. 15 "By me 24kings reign, And rulers decree justice. 16 "By me princes rule, and nobles, All who judge rightly. 17 "I 25love those who love me; And 26those who diligently seek me will find me. 18 "27Riches and honor are with me, Enduring 28wealth and righteousness. 19 "My fruit is 29better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield better than 30choicest silver. 20 "I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice, 21 To endow those who love me with wealth, That I may 31fill their treasuries. 22 "The LORD possessed me 32at the beginning of His way, Before His works eof old. 23 "From everlasting I was f33established, From the beginning, 34from the earliest times of the earth. 24 "When there were no 35depths I was gbrought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water. 25 "36Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills I was hbrought forth ; 26 While He had not yet made the earth and the ifields, Nor the first dust of the world. 27 "When He 37established the heavens, I was there, When 38He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep, 28 When He made firm the skies above , When the springs of the deep became jfixed, 29 When 39He set for the sea its boundary So that the water would not transgress His kcommand, When He marked out 40the foundations of the earth ; 30 Then 41I was beside Him, as a master workman ; And I was daily His delight, lRejoicing always before Him, 31 mRejoicing in the world, His earth, And having 42my delight in the sons of men. 32 "Now therefore, O sons, 43listen to me, For 44blessed are they who keep my ways. 33 "45Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it. 34 "46Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts. 35 "For 47he who finds me finds life And 48obtains favor from the LORD. 36 "But he who nsins against me 49injures himself ; All those who 50hate me 51love death."
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