Proverbs 8 NAS

The Commendation of Wisdom

1 Does not 1wisdom call, And understanding alift up her voice?

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2 On top of 2the heights beside the way, Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;

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3 Beside the 3gates, at the opening to the city, At the entrance of the doors, she cries out:

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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.

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    • º 8:5 - Lit "simple"
    • » 8:5 - Lit "heart"
      6 "Listen, for I will speak 6noble things; And the opening of my lips will reveal 7right things.

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      7 "For my 8mouth will utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

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      8 "All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness; There is nothing 9crooked or perverted in them.

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      9 "They are all 10straightforward to him who understands, And right to those who 11find knowledge.

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      10 "Take my 12instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold.

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      11 "For wisdom is 13better than djewels; And 14all desirable things cannot compare with her.

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      12 "I, wisdom, 15dwell with prudence, And I find 16knowledge and discretion.

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      13 "The 17fear of the LORD is to hate evil; 18Pride and arrogance and 19the evil way And the 20perverted mouth, I hate.

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      14 "21Counsel is mine and 22sound wisdom; I am understanding, 23power is mine.

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      15 "By me 24kings reign, And rulers decree justice.

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      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.

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      18 "27Riches and honor are with me, Enduring 28wealth and righteousness.

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      19 "My fruit is 29better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield better than 30choicest silver.

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      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.

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      22 "The LORD possessed me 32at the beginning of His way, Before His works eof old.

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      23 "From everlasting I was f33established, From the beginning, 34from the earliest times of the earth.

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        • ¾ 8:23 - Or "consecrated"
          24 "When there were no 35depths I was gbrought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water.

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          25 "36Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills I was hbrought forth;

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          26 While He had not yet made the earth and the ifields, Nor the first dust of the world.

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            • Á 8:26 - Lit "outside places"
              27 "When He 37established the heavens, I was there, When 38He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,

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              28 When He made firm the skies above *, When the springs of the deep became jfixed,

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                • Â 8:28 - Lit "strong"
                  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;

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                  30 Then 41I was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, lRejoicing always * before Him,

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                    • Ä 8:30 - Or "Playing"
                      31 mRejoicing in the world, His earth, And having 42my delight in the sons of men.

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                        • Å 8:31 - Or "Playing"
                          32 "Now therefore, O sons, 43listen to me, For 44blessed are they who keep my ways.

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                          33 "45Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it.

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                          34 "46Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts.

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                          35 "For 47he who finds me finds life And 48obtains favor from the LORD.

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                          36 "But he who nsins against me 49injures himself; All those who 50hate me 51love death."

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                            • Æ 8:36 - Or "misses me"