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Proverbs 8 NAS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Does not wisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice? 1 Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On top of the heights beside the way, Where the paths meet, she takes her stand; 2 On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 Beside the gates, at the opening to the city, At the entrance of the doors, she cries out: 3 beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud:
4 "To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men. 4 "To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 "O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom. 5 You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding.
6 "Listen, for I will speak noble things; And the opening of my lips will reveal right things. 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; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 7 My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.
8 "All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness; There is nothing crooked or perverted in them. 8 All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 "They are all straightforward 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 and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold. 10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 "For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things 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 to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate. 13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 "Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine. 14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power.
15 "By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice. 15 By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just;
16 "By me princes rule, and nobles, All who judge rightly. 16 by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.
17 "I love those who love me; And those who diligently 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, Enduring wealth and righteousness. 18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 "My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield better than choicest 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 midst of the paths of justice, 20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
21 To endow those who love me with wealth, That I may fill 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 way, Before His works of old. 22 "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;
23 "From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times 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 were settled, Before the hills I was brought forth; 25 before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth,
26 While He had not yet made the earth and the fields, Nor 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 established the heavens, I was there, When He inscribed 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 the springs of the deep became fixed, 28 when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 When He set for the sea its boundary So that the 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 Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, 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 the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men. 31 rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.
32 "Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, For blessed are they who keep my ways. 32 "Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 "Heed 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 man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts. 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 favor from the LORD . 35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.
36 "But he who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death." 36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."