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Proverbs 8

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The fame,

8:1 Doesn’t wisdom cry out?
Doesn’t understanding raise her voice?

8:2 On the top of high places by the way,
where the paths meet, she stands.

8:3 Beside the gates, at the entry of the city,
at the entry doors, she cries aloud:

8:4 “To you men, I call!
I send my voice to the sons of mankind.

8:5 You simple, understand prudence.
You fools, be of an understanding heart.

and evidence of wisdom.

8:6 Hear, for I will speak excellent things.
The opening of my lips is for right things.

8:7 For my mouth speaks truth.
Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness.
There is nothing crooked or perverse in them.

8:9 They are all plain to him who understands,
right to those who find knowledge.

The excellency,

8:10 Receive my instruction rather than silver;
knowledge rather than choice gold.

8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies.
All the things that may be desired can’t be compared to it.

the nature,

8:12 “I, wisdom, have made prudence my dwelling.
Find out knowledge and discretion.

8:13 The fear of Yahweh is to hate evil.
I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth.

8:14 Counsel and sound knowledge are mine.
I have understanding and power.

the power,

8:15 By me kings reign,
and princes decree justice.

8:16 By me princes rule;
nobles, and all the righteous rulers of the earth.

8:17 I love those who love me.
Those who seek me diligently will find me.

the riches,

8:18 With me are riches, honor,
enduring wealth, and prosperity.

8:19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold;
my yield than choice silver.

8:20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
in the midst of the paths of justice;

8:21 That I may give wealth to those who love me.
I fill their treasuries.

and the eternity of wisdom.

8:22 “Yahweh possessed me in the beginning of his work,
before his deeds of old.

8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning,
before the earth existed.

8:24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.

8:25 Before the mountains were settled in place,
before the hills, I was brought forth;

8:26 while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields,
nor the beginning of the dust of the world.

8:27 When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he set a circle on the surface of the deep,

8:28 when he established the clouds above,
when the springs of the deep became strong,

8:29 when he gave to the sea its boundary,
that the waters should not violate his commandment,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth;

8:30 then I was the craftsman by his side.
I was a delight day by day,
always rejoicing before him,

8:31 Rejoicing in his whole world.
My delight was with the sons of men.

Wisdom is to be desired for the blessedness it brings.

8:32 “Now therefore, my sons, listen to me,
for blessed are those who keep my ways.

8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise.
Don’t refuse it.

8:34 Blessed is the man who hears me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting at my door posts.

8:35 For whoever finds me, finds life,
and will obtain favor from Yahweh.

8:36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul.
All those who hate me love death.”

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