Proverbs 8 NIV

Wisdom’s Call

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

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2 At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud:

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4 “To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.

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5 You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.a

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    • o 8:5 - Septuagint; Hebrew "foolish, instruct your minds"
      6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.
      7 My mouth speaks what is true, 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 upright to those who have found knowledge.
      10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,

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

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

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

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

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      15 By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just;

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      16 by me princes govern, and nobles—all who rule on earth.b

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        • p 8:16 - Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; other Hebrew manuscripts "all righteous rulers"
          17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

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

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

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

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          21 bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full.

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          22 “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works,cdbefore his deeds of old;

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            • q 8:22 - Or "way" ; or "dominion"
            • r 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 formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
              24 When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, when there were no springs overflowing with water;

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

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

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

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

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              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.

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

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                • s 8:30 - Or "was the artisan" ; or "was a little child"
                  31 rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.

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                  32 “Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.

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                  33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.
                  34 Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.

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                  35 For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.

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                  36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.”

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