Proverbs 8:6-23 NIV

6 Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,1 for my lips detest wickedness.

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8 All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,2

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11 for wisdom is more precious3 than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.4

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12 "I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.5

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13 To fear the LORD 6 is to hate evil;7 I hate8 pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

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14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power.9

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15 By me kings reign and rulers10 make laws that are just;

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16 by me princes govern,11 and all nobles who rule on earth.a

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    • a 8:16 - Many Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts "and nobles--all righteous rulers"
      17 I love those who love me,12 and those who seek me find me.13

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      18 With me are riches and honor,14 enduring wealth and prosperity.15

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      19 My fruit is better than fine gold;16 what I yield surpasses choice silver.17

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      20 I walk in the way of righteousness,18 along the paths of justice,

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      21 bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.19

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      22 "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works,b c before his deeds of old;

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        • b 8:22 - Or "way"; or "dominion"
        • c 8:22 - Or "The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work"; or "The LORD brought me forth at the beginning of his work"
          23 I was appointedd from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.

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            • d 8:23 - Or "fashioned"