Chapter 8

PRO.8:1 Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice?
PRO.8:2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, Beside the way, where the paths meet.
PRO.8:3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entrance of the doors:
PRO.8:4 “To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men.
PRO.8:5 O you simple ones, understand prudence, And you fools, be of an understanding heart.
PRO.8:6 Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things;
PRO.8:7 For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
PRO.8:8 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.
PRO.8:9 They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge.
PRO.8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold;
PRO.8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.
PRO.8:12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge and discretion.
PRO.8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.
PRO.8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength.
PRO.8:15 By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.
PRO.8:16 By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth.
PRO.8:17 I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.
PRO.8:18 Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness.
PRO.8:19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver.
PRO.8:20 I traverse the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice,
PRO.8:21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.
PRO.8:22 “The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.
PRO.8:23 I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
PRO.8:24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water.
PRO.8:25 Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills, I was brought forth;
PRO.8:26 While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, Or the primeval dust of the world.
PRO.8:27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
PRO.8:28 When He established the clouds above, When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
PRO.8:29 When He assigned to the sea its limit, So that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
PRO.8:30 Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him,
PRO.8:31 Rejoicing in His inhabited world, And my delight was with the sons of men.
PRO.8:32 “Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways.
PRO.8:33 Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it.
PRO.8:34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors.
PRO.8:35 For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the LORD;
PRO.8:36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.”

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