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Proverbs 8 (Listen)

The Blessings of Wisdom

Does not lwisdom call?

Does not munderstanding raise her voice?

On nthe heights beside the way,

at the crossroads she takes her stand;

beside othe gates in front of pthe town,

at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:

“To you, O qmen, I call,

and my cry is to qthe children of man.

O rsimple ones, learn sprudence;

O tfools, learn sense.

Hear, for I will speak unoble things,

and from my lips will come vwhat is right,

for my wmouth will utter truth;

wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

All the words of my mouth are righteous;

there is nothing xtwisted or crooked in them.

They are all ystraight to him who understands,

and right to those who find knowledge.

10 zTake my instruction instead of silver,

and knowledge rather than choice gold,

11 afor wisdom is better than jewels,

and ball that you may desire cannot compare with her.

12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,

and I find knowledge and cdiscretion.

13 dThe fear of the Lord is ehatred of evil.

fPride and arrogance and the way of evil

and gperverted speech I hate.

14 I have hcounsel and isound wisdom;

I have insight; jI have strength.

15 By me kkings reign,

and rulers decree what is just;

16 by me princes rule,

and nobles, all who govern justly.1

17 lI love those who love me,

and mthose who seek me diligently find me.

18 nRiches and honor are with me,

oenduring wealth and orighteousness.

19 My fruit is pbetter than qgold, even fine gold,

and my yield than rchoice silver.

20 I walk in the way of righteousness,

in the paths of justice,

21 granting an inheritance to those who love me,

and filling their treasuries.

22 s“The Lord tpossessed2 me at the beginning of his work,3

the first of his acts uof old.

23 Ages ago I was vset up,

at the first, wbefore the beginning of the earth.

24 When there were no xdepths I was ybrought forth,

when there were no springs abounding with water.

25 Before the mountains zhad been shaped,

abefore the hills, I was brought forth,

26 before he had made the earth with its fields,

or the first of the dust of the world.

27 When he bestablished the heavens, I was there;

when he drew ca circle on the face of the deep,

28 when he dmade firm the skies above,

when he established4 the fountains of the deep,

29 when he eassigned to the sea its flimit,

so that the waters might not transgress his command,

when he marked out gthe foundations of the earth,

30 then hI was beside him, like a master workman,

and I was daily his5 idelight,

rejoicing before him always,

31 jrejoicing in his kinhabited world

and delighting in the children of man.

32 “And now, lO sons, listen to me:

mblessed are those who keep my ways.

33 nHear instruction and be wise,

and do not neglect it.

34 oBlessed is the one who listens to me,

watching daily at my gates,

waiting beside my doors.

35 For pwhoever finds me qfinds life

and robtains favor from the Lord,

36 but he who fails to find me sinjures himself;

all who thate me ulove death.”

Footnotes

[1] 8:16 Most Hebrew manuscripts; many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint govern the earth
[2] 8:22 Or fathered; Septuagint created
[3] 8:22 Hebrew way
[4] 8:28 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
[5] 8:30 Or daily filled with