Proverbs 8 NIV

Wisdom's Call

1 Does not wisdom call out?1 Does not understanding raise her voice?

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2 On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud:2

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4 "To you, O men, I call out;3 I raise my voice to all mankind.

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5 You who are simple,4 gain prudence;5 you who are foolish, gain understanding.

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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,6 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,7

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11 for wisdom is more precious8 than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.9

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12 "I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.10

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13 To fear the LORD 11 is to hate evil;12 I hate13 pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

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

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15 By me kings reign and rulers15 make laws that are just;

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16 by me princes govern,16 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,17 and those who seek me find me.18

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      18 With me are riches and honor,19 enduring wealth and prosperity.20

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      19 My fruit is better than fine gold;21 what I yield surpasses choice silver.22

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      20 I walk in the way of righteousness,23 along the paths of justice,

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      21 bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.24

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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"
              24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water;25

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              25 before the mountains were settled in place,26 before the hills, I was given birth,27

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              26 before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.28

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              27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,29 when he marked out the horizon30 on the face of the deep,

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              28 when he established the clouds above31 and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,32

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              29 when he gave the sea its boundary33 so the waters would not overstep his command,34 and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.35

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              30 Then I was the craftsman at his side.36 I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,

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              31 rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.37

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              32 "Now then, my sons, listen38 to me; blessed are39 those who keep my ways.40

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              33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
              34 Blessed is the man who listens41 to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.

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              35 For whoever finds me42 finds life43 and receives favor from the LORD.44

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              36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself;45 all who hate me love death."46

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