Proverbs 8

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1 Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? (Job 28:12; Pr 1:20) 2 On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; (Pr 9:3; Pr 9:14) 3 beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: (Job 29:7; Pr 1:21) 4 “To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man. (Ps 49:1) 5 O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense. (Pr 1:4; Pr 1:22; Pr 8:12) 6 Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right, (Pr 22:20; Pr 23:16) 7 for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. (Ps 37:30) 8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. (De 32:5) 9 They are all straight to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge. (Pr 14:6; 1Co 2:10) 10 Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, (Ps 119:72; Ps 119:127; Pr 3:14; Pr 8:19) 11 for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. (Job 28:12; Pr 3:15; Pr 16:16) 12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. (Pr 1:4) 13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. (Ps 97:10; Pr 2:12; Pr 4:24; Pr 6:17; Pr 16:5; Pr 16:6) 14 I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength. (Ps 89:19; Pr 2:7; Ec 7:19; Isa 9:6; Isa 11:2) 15 By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just; (Da 2:21; Ro 13:1; Re 19:16) 16 by me princes rule, and nobles, all who govern justly.[1] 17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. (1Sa 2:30; Ps 91:14; Pr 1:28; Joh 14:21; Jas 1:5) 18 Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness. (Ps 112:3; Pr 3:16; Mt 6:33; Lu 16:11; Eph 3:8) 19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver. (Pr 3:14; Pr 8:10; Pr 10:20) 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 “The Lord possessed[2] me at the beginning of his work,[3] the first of his acts of old. (Ge 14:19; Ge 14:22; Job 28:25; Ps 93:2; Ps 104:24; Ps 136:5) 23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. (Ps 2:6; Joh 17:5) 24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. (Ge 1:2; Job 15:7; Ps 51:5; Pr 3:20; Pr 8:27) 25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, (Job 38:6; Ps 90:2) 26 before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world. 27 When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, (Job 26:10; Pr 3:19) 28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established[4] the fountains of the deep, (Ge 1:6) 29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, (Ge 1:9; Job 26:10; Ps 104:5) 30 then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his[5] delight, rejoicing before him always, (Ps 16:3; Zec 13:7; Mt 3:17; Joh 1:1) 31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man. (Ge 1:31; Ps 104:31; Isa 45:18) 32 “And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. (Ps 119:1; Ps 128:1; Pr 5:7; Pr 7:24; Lu 11:28; 1Jo 3:1) 33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. (Pr 4:1) 34 Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. (Pr 3:13) 35 For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, (Pr 3:18; Pr 4:22; Pr 12:2; Pr 18:22; Joh 1:4; Joh 17:3) 36 but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.” (Pr 12:1; Pr 15:32; Pr 20:2; Pr 21:6; Pr 29:24)