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Proverbs 8 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wisdom is calling! Understanding is raising her voice! 1 Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights along the road, where the paths meet, she is standing; 2 On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 by the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud: 3 beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud:
4 "People, I am calling you, raising my voice to all mankind. 4 "To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who don't direct your lives, understand caution; as for you, you fools, get some common sense! 5 You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding.
6 "Listen! I will say worthwhile things; when I speak, my words are right. 6 Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth says what is true, because my lips detest evil. 7 My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words from my mouth are righteous; nothing false or crooked is in them. 8 All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 They are all clear to those who understand and straightforward to those who gain knowledge. 9 To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, rather than silver; knowledge, rather than the finest gold. 10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 For wisdom is better than pearls; nothing you want can compare with her. 11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
12 "I, wisdom, live together with caution; I attain knowledge and discretion. 12 "I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 The fear of ADONAI is hatred of evil. I hate pride and arrogance, evil ways and duplicitous speech. 13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Good advice is mine, and common sense; I am insight, power is mine. 14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power.
15 By me kings reign, and princes make just laws. 15 By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just;
16 By me princes govern, nobles too, and all the earth's rulers. 16 by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.
17 I love those who love me; and those who seek me will find me. 17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me, lasting wealth and righteousness. 18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than gold, fine gold, my produce better than the finest silver. 19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
20 I follow the course of righteousness along the paths of justice, 20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
21 to endow with wealth those who love me and fill their treasuries. 21 bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.
22 "ADONAI made me as the beginning of his way, the first of his ancient works. 22 "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;
23 I was appointed before the world, before the start, before the earth's beginnings. 23 I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.
24 When I was brought forth, there were no ocean depths, no springs brimming with water. 24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water;
25 I was brought forth before the hills, before the mountains had settled in place; 25 before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth,
26 he had not yet made the earth, the fields, or even the earth's first grains of dust. 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 the horizon's circle on 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 set the skies above in place, when the fountains of the deep poured forth, 28 when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he prescribed boundaries for the sea, so that its water would 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 I was with him as someone he could trust. For me, every day was pure delight, as I played in his presence 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 playing everywhere on his earth, and delighting to be with humankind. 31 rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.
32 "Therefore, children, listen to me: happy 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 grow wise; do not refuse it. 33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
34 How happy the person who listens to me, who watches daily at my gates and waits outside my doors. 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
35 For he who finds me finds life and obtains the favor of ADONAI. 35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.
36 But he who misses me harms himself; all who hate me love death." 36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."