Proverbs 8

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The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
 

1Doth not wisdom cry, and give her voice to intelligence? 2She stands in the top of high places, by the way at the crossroads of the paths. 3She cries at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. 4Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of men. 5O ye simple, understand prudence; and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. 6Hear, for I will speak of excellent things, and the opening of my lips shall be right things. 7For my mouth shall speak truth, and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing perverse or twisted in them. 9They are all plain to him that understands and right to those that have found wisdom. 10Receive my chastening and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold. 11For wisdom is better than precious stones; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

12I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I invent the knowledge of giving counsel. 13The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride, arrogancy, the evil way, and the perverse mouth, do I hate. 14With me is counsel, and existence; I am understanding; strength belongs to me. 15By me the kings reign, and the princes decree justice. 16By me the princes rule, and all of the governors judge the earth. 17I love those that love me, and those that seek me early shall find me. 18Riches and honour are with me, yea, durable riches and righteousness. 19My fruit is better than gold, yea, than precious stones, and my revenue than choice silver. 20I shall lead in the way of righteousness in the midst of the paths of judgment, 21that I may cause my friends to inherit existence and I will fill their treasures.

22The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. 23I was set up with eternal dominion, from the beginning, before the earth was. 24I was begotten before the depths, before the existence of the fountains of many waters. 25Before the mountains were founded, before the hills was I begotten. 26While as yet he had not made the earth nor the fields nor the beginning of the dust of the world, 27when he composed the heavens, I was there. When he set a compass upon the face of the depth, 28when he established the clouds above, when he strengthened the fountains of the deep, 29when he gave to the sea his decree that the waters should not pass his commandment, when he appointed the foundations of the earth, 30I was with him ordering everything; I was his delight every day, being content before him at all times; 31I am content in the circumference of his earth, and my contentment is with the sons of men.

32Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye sons; for blessed are those that keep my ways. 33Hearken unto chastening, and be wise; refuse it not. 34Blessed is the man that hears me, keeping vigil at my gates, waiting at the threshold of my doors. 35For whosoever finds me shall find life and shall obtain the will of the LORD. 36But he that sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those that hate me love death.