Proverbs 8:26-36 NIV

26 before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.1

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27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,2 when he marked out the horizon3 on the face of the deep,

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28 when he established the clouds above4 and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,5

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29 when he gave the sea its boundary6 so the waters would not overstep his command,7 and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.8

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30 Then I was the craftsman at his side.9 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.10

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32 "Now then, my sons, listen11 to me; blessed are12 those who keep my ways.13

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33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens14 to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.

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35 For whoever finds me15 finds life16 and receives favor from the LORD.17

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36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself;18 all who hate me love death."19

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