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Proverbs 8

Proverbs :Introduction 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

In Praise of Wisdom
1 With great understanding,
8.1-3 Pr 1.20,21.
i 8.1,12 Wisdom: See the note at 1.20.
is calling out
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1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
2 as she stands at the crossroads
and on every hill.
2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
3 She stands by the city gate
where everyone enters the city,
and she shouts:
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
4 “I am calling out
to each one of you!
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5 Good sense and sound judgment
can be yours.
5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
6 Listen, because what I say
is worthwhile and right.
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
7 I always speak the truth
and refuse to tell a lie.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
an...: Heb. the abomination of my lips
8 Every word I speak is honest,
not one is misleading
or deceptive.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
froward: Heb. wreathed

9 “If you have understanding,
you will see that my words
are just what you need.
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
10 Let instruction and knowledge
mean more to you
than silver
or the finest gold.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11 Wisdom is worth much more
8.11-21 Si 24.1-22.
than precious jewels
or anything else you desire.”
11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
Wisdom Speaks
12 I am Wisdom
i 8.1,12 Wisdom: See the note at 1.20.
—Common Sense
is my closest friend;
I possess knowledge
and sound judgment.
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
prudence: or, subtilty
13 If you respect the Lord,
you will hate evil.
I hate pride and conceit
and deceitful lies.
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
14 I am strong,
and I offer
sensible advice
and sound judgment.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
15 By my power kings govern,
and rulers make laws
that are fair.
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 Every honest leader rules
with help from me.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

17 I love everyone who loves me,
and I will be found by all
who honestly search.
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
18 I can make you rich and famous,
important and successful.
18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
19 What you receive from me
is more valuable
than even the finest gold
or the purest silver.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20 I always do what is right,
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
lead: or, walk
21 and I give great riches
to everyone who loves me.
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

22 From the beginning,
8.22 Si 1.4
I was with the Lord.
j 8.22 From the beginning ... with the Lord: Or “In the very beginning, the Lord created me.”
I was there before he began
22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23 to create the earth.
At the very first,
the Lord gave life to
k 8.23 gave life to: Or “formed.”
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24 When I was born,
there were no oceans
or springs of water.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 My birth was before
mountains were formed
or hills were put in place.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26 It happened long before God
had made the earth
or any of its fields
or even the dust.
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
fields: or, open places
the highest...: or, the chief part

27 I was there when the Lord
8.27-31 Ws 9.9; Si 24.3-6.
put the heavens in place
and stretched the sky
over the surface of the sea.
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
a compass: or, a circle
28 I was with him when he placed
the clouds in the sky
and created the springs
that fill the ocean.
28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
29 I was there when he set
boundaries for the sea
to make it obey him,
and when he laid foundations
to support the earth.
29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

30 I was right beside the Lord,
helping him plan and build.
l 8.30 helping ... build: Or “like his own child.”
I made him happy each day,
and I was happy at his side.
30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
31 I was pleased with his world
and pleased with its people.
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

32 Pay attention, my children!
8.32 Si 14.20
Follow my advice,
and you will be happy.
32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
33 Listen carefully
to my instructions,
and you will be wise.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

34 Come to my home each day
and listen to me.
You will find happiness.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 By finding me, you find life,
and the Lord will be pleased
with you.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
obtain: Heb. bring forth
36 But if you don't find me,
you hurt only yourself,
and if you hate me,
you are in love with death.
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

© 1999 American Bible Society

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