Proverbs 8 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? 1 Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; 2 On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: 3 beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud:
4 "To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man. 4 "To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense. 5 You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding.
6 Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right, 6 Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 7 My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. 8 All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge. 9 To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge.
10 Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, 10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. 11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
12 "I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. 12 "I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. 13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength. 14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power.
15 By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just; 15 By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just;
16 by me princes rule, and nobles, all who govern justly. 16 by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.
17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. 17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness. 18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver. 19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice, 20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
21 granting an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries. 21 bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.
22 "The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. 22 "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;
23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. 23 I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. 24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water;
25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, 25 before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of 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 established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on 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 firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, 28 when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations 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 beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily hisdelight, rejoicing before him always, 30 Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man. 31 rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.
32 "And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. 32 "Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. 33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
34 Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
35 For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD, 35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.
36 but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death." 36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."