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Proverbs 8 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Is not wisdom crying out, and the voice of knowledge sounding? 1 Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 At the top of the highways, at the meeting of the roads, she takes her place; 2 On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 Where the roads go into the town her cry goes out, at the doorways her voice is loud: 3 beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud:
4 I am crying out to you, O men; my voice comes to the sons of men. 4 "To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 Become expert in reason, O you simple ones; you foolish ones, take training to heart. 5 You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding.
6 Give ear, for my words are true, and my lips are open to give out what is upright. 6 Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 For good faith goes out of my mouth, and false lips are disgusting to me. 7 My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteousness; there is nothing false or twisted in them. 8 All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 They are all true to him whose mind is awake, and straightforward to those who get knowledge. 9 To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge.
10 Take my teaching, and not silver; get knowledge in place of the best gold. 10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 For wisdom is better than jewels, and all things which may be desired are nothing in comparison with her. 11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
12 I, wisdom, have made wise behaviour my near relation; I am seen to be the special friend of wise purposes. 12 "I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the Lord is seen in hating evil: pride, a high opinion of oneself, the evil way, and the false tongue, are unpleasing to me. 13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Wise design and good sense are mine; reason and strength are mine. 14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power.
15 Through me kings have their power, and rulers give right decisions. 15 By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just;
16 Through me chiefs have authority, and the noble ones are judging in righteousness. 16 by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.
17 Those who have given me their love are loved by me, and those who make search for me with care will get me. 17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
18 Wealth and honour are in my hands, even wealth without equal and righteousness. 18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than gold, even than the best gold; and my increase is more to be desired than silver. 19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
20 I go in the road of righteousness, in the way of right judging: 20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
21 So that I may give my lovers wealth for their heritage, making their store-houses full. 21 bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.
22 The Lord made me as the start of his way, the first of his works in the past. 22 "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;
23 From eternal days I was given my place, from the birth of time, before the earth was. 23 I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.
24 When there was no deep I was given birth, when there were no fountains flowing with water. 24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water;
25 Before the mountains were put in their places, before the hills was my birth: 25 before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth,
26 When he had not made the earth or the fields or the dust of the world. 26 before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.
27 When he made ready the heavens I was there: when he put an arch over the face of the deep: 27 I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 When he made strong the skies overhead: when the fountains of the deep were fixed: 28 when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 When he put a limit to the sea, so that the waters might not go against his word: when he put in position the bases of the earth: 29 when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30 Then I was by his side, as a master workman: and I was his delight from day to day, playing before him at all times; 30 Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,
31 Playing in his earth; and my delight was with the sons of men. 31 rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.
32 Give ear to me then, my sons: for happy are those who keep my ways. 32 "Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Take my teaching and be wise; do not let it go. 33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
34 Happy is the man who gives ear to me, watching at my doors day by day, keeping his place by the pillars of my house. 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
35 For whoever gets me gets life, and grace from the Lord will come to him. 35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.
36 But he who does evil to me, does wrong to his soul: all my haters are in love with death. 36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."