Proverbs 8:18-28 NIV

18 With me are riches and honor,1 enduring wealth and prosperity.2

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19 My fruit is better than fine gold;3 what I yield surpasses choice silver.4

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20 I walk in the way of righteousness,5 along the paths of justice,

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21 bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.6

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22 "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works,a b 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 appointedc 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;7

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          25 before the mountains were settled in place,8 before the hills, I was given birth,9

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          26 before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.10

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          27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,11 when he marked out the horizon12 on the face of the deep,

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          28 when he established the clouds above13 and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,14

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