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Proverbs 8 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise its voice? 1 Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 [Wisdom] takes its stand on high ground, by the wayside where the roads meet, 2 On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 near the gates to the city. At the entrance [wisdom] sings its song, 3 beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud:
4 "I am calling to all of you, and my appeal is to all people. 4 "To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You gullible people, learn how to be sensible. You fools, get a heart that has understanding. 5 You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding.
6 Listen! I am speaking about noble things, and my lips will say what is right. 6 Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth expresses the truth, and wickedness is disgusting to my lips. 7 My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.
8 Everything I say is fair, and there is nothing twisted or crooked in it. 8 All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 All of it is clear to a person who has understanding and right to those who have acquired knowledge. 9 To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge.
10 Take my discipline, not silver, and my knowledge rather than fine gold, 10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 because wisdom is better than jewels. Nothing you desire can equal it. 11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
12 "I, Wisdom, live with insight, and I acquire knowledge and foresight. 12 "I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and twisted speech. 13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Advice and priceless wisdom are mine. I, Understanding, have strength. 14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power.
15 Through me kings reign, and rulers decree fair laws. 15 By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just;
16 Through me princes rule, so do nobles and all fair judges. 16 by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.
17 I love those who love me. Those eagerly looking for me will find me. 17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
18 I have riches and honor, lasting wealth and righteousness. 18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 What I produce is better than gold, pure gold. What I yield is better than fine silver. 19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness, on the paths of justice, 20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
21 to give an inheritance to those who love me and to fill their treasuries. 21 bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.
22 "The LORD already possessed me long ago, when his way began, before any of his works. 22 "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;
23 I was appointed from everlasting from the first, before the earth began. 23 I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.
24 I was born before there were oceans, before there were springs filled with water. 24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water;
25 I was born before the mountains were settled in their places and before the hills, 25 before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth,
26 when he had not yet made land or fields or the first dust of the world. 26 before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.
27 "When he set up the heavens, I was there. When he traced the horizon on the surface of the ocean, 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 established the skies above, when he determined the currents in the ocean, 28 when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he set a limit for the sea so the waters would not overstep his command, when he traced 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 I was beside him as a master craftsman. I made him happy day after day, I rejoiced in front of him all the time, 30 Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,
31 found joy in his inhabited world, and delighted in the human race. 31 rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.
32 "Now, sons, listen to me. Blessed are those who follow my ways. 32 "Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to discipline, and become wise. Do not leave my ways. 33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
34 Blessed is the person who listens to me, watches at my door day after day, and waits by my doorposts. 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
35 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 Whoever sins against me harms himself. All those who hate me love death." 36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."