Proverbs 8

The Appeal of Wisdom1

8:1 Does not wisdom call out?

Does not understanding raise her voice?

8:2 At the top2 of the elevated places along the way,

at the intersection3 of the paths she takes her stand;

8:3 beside the gates opening into4 the city,

at the entrance of the doorways she cries out:5

8:4 “To you, O people,6 I call out,

and my voice calls7 to all mankind.8

8:5 You who are naive, discern9 wisdom!

And you fools, understand discernment!10

8:6 Listen, for I will speak excellent things,11

and my lips will utter12 what is right.

8:7 For my mouth13 speaks truth,14

and my lips15 hate wickedness.16

8:8 All the words of my mouth are righteous;17

there is nothing in them twisted18 or crooked.

8:9 All of them are clear19 to the discerning

and upright to those who find knowledge.

8:10 Receive my instruction20 rather than21 silver,

and knowledge rather than choice gold.

8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies,

and desirable things cannot be compared22 to her.

8:12 “I, wisdom, live with prudence,23

and I find24 knowledge and discretion.

8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate25 evil;

I hate arrogant pride26 and the evil way

and perverse utterances.27

8:14 Counsel and sound wisdom belong to me;28

I possess understanding and might.

8:15 Kings reign by means of me,

and potentates29 decree30 righteousness;

8:16 by me princes rule,

as well as nobles and31 all righteous judges.32

8:17 I love33 those who love me,

and those who seek me find me.

8:18 Riches and honor are with me,

long-lasting wealth and righteousness.

8:19 My fruit is better than the purest gold,34

and what I produce35 is better than choice silver.

8:20 I walk in the path of righteousness,

in the pathway of justice,

8:21 that I may cause36 those who love me to inherit wealth,

and that I may fill37 their treasuries.38

8:22 The Lord created39 me as the beginning40 of his works,41

before his deeds of long ago.

8:23 From eternity I was appointed,42

from the beginning, from before the world existed.43

8:24 When there were no deep oceans44 I was born,45

when there were no springs overflowing46 with water;

8:25 before the mountains were set in place –

before the hills – I was born,

8:26 before he made the earth and its fields,47

or the beginning48 of the dust of the world.

8:27 When he established the heavens, I was there;

when he marked out the horizon49 over the face of the deep,

8:28 when he established the clouds above,

when the fountains of the deep grew strong,50

8:29 when he gave the sea his decree

that the waters should not pass over his command,51

when he marked out the foundations of the earth,

8:30 then I was52 beside him as a master craftsman,53

and I was his delight54 day by day,

rejoicing before him at all times,

8:31 rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth,55

and delighting56 in its people.57

8:32 “So now, children,58 listen to me;

blessed are those who keep my ways.

8:33 Listen to my instruction59 so that you may be wise,60

and do not neglect it.

8:34 Blessed is the one61 who listens to me,

watching62 at my doors day by day,

waiting63 beside my doorway.64

8:35 For the one who finds me finds65 life

and receives66 favor from the Lord.

8:36 But the one who does not find me67 brings harm68 to himself;69

all who hate me70 love death.”

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