Bible: Prov 8

The Appeal of Wisdom 1 

8:1 Does not wisdom call out?

Does not understanding raise her voice?

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

at the intersection 3  of the paths she takes her stand;

8:3 beside the gates opening into 4  the city,

at the entrance of the doorways she cries out: 5 

8:4To you, O people, 6  I call out,

and my voice calls 7  to all mankind. 8 

8:5 You who are naive, discern 9  wisdom!

And you fools, understand discernment! 10 

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

and my lips will utter 12  what is right.

8:7 For my mouth 13  speaks truth, 14 

and my lips 15  hate wickedness. 16 

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

there is nothing in them twisted 18  or crooked.

8:9 All of them are clear 19  to the discerning

and upright to those who find knowledge.

8:10 Receive my instruction 20  rather than 21  silver,

and knowledge rather than choice gold.

8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies,

and desirable things cannot be compared 22  to her.

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

and I find 24  knowledge and discretion.

8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate 25  evil;

I hate arrogant pride 26  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 potentates 29  decree 30  righteousness;

8:16 by me princes rule,

as well as nobles and 31  all righteous judges. 32 

8:17 I love 33  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 produce 35  is better than choice silver.

8:20 I walk in the path of righteousness,

in the pathway of justice,

8:21 that I may cause 36  those who love me to inherit wealth,

and that I may fill 37  their treasuries. 38 

8:22 The Lord created 39  me as the beginning 40  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 oceans 44  I was born, 45 

when there were no springs overflowing 46  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 beginning 48  of the dust of the world.

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

when he marked out the horizon 49  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 was 52  beside him as a master craftsman, 53 

and I was his delight 54  day by day,

rejoicing before him at all times,

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

and delighting 56  in its people. 57 

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

blessed are those who keep my ways.

8:33 Listen to my instruction 59  so that you may be wise, 60 

and do not neglect it.

8:34 Blessed is the one 61  who listens to me,

watching 62  at my doors day by day,

waiting 63  beside my doorway. 64 

8:35 For the one who finds me finds 65  life

and receives 66  favor from the Lord.

8:36 But the one who does not find me 67  brings harm 68  to himself; 69 

all who hate me 70  love death.”

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