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Proverbs 8 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Wisdom’s Appeal
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Doesn’t wisdom call out?

Doesn’t understanding make her voice heard?

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At the heights overlooking the road,

at the crossroads, she takes her stand.

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Beside the gates leading into the city,

at the main entrance, she cries out:

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“People, I call out to you;

my cry is to the children of Adam.

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“Learn to be shrewd, you who are inexperienced;

develop common sense, you who are foolish.

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“Listen, for I speak of noble things,

and what my lips say is right.

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“For my mouth tells the truth,

and wickedness is detestable to my lips.

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“All the words from my mouth are righteous;

none of them are deceptive or perverse.

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“All of them are clear to the perceptive,

and right to those who discover knowledge.

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“Accept my instruction instead of silver,

and knowledge rather than pure gold.

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“For wisdom is better than jewels,

and nothing desirable can equal it.

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“I, wisdom, share a home with shrewdness

and have knowledge and discretion.

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“To fear the LORD is to hate evil.

I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct,

and perverse speech.

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“I possess good advice and sound wisdom;[fn]

I have understanding and strength.

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“It is by me that kings reign

and rulers enact just law;

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“by me, princes lead,

as do nobles and all righteous judges.[fn]

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“I love those who love me,

and those who search for me find me.

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“With me are riches and honor,

lasting wealth and righteousness.

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“My fruit is better than solid gold,

and my harvest than pure silver.

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“I walk in the ways of righteousness,

along the paths of justice,

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“giving wealth as an inheritance to those who love me,

and filling their treasuries.

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“The LORD acquired[fn] me

at the beginning of his creation,[fn]

before his works of long ago.

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“I was formed[fn] before ancient times,

from the beginning, before the earth began.

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“I was born

when there were no watery depths

and no springs filled with water.

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“Before the mountains were established,

prior to the hills, I was given birth ​—

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“before he made the land, the fields,

or the first soil on earth.

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“I was there when he established the heavens,

when he laid out the horizon on the surface of the ocean,

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“when he placed the skies above,

when the fountains of the ocean gushed out,

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“when he set a limit for the sea

so that the waters would not violate his command,

when he laid out the foundations of the earth.

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“I was a skilled craftsman[fn] beside him.

I was his[fn] delight every day,

always rejoicing before him.

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“I was rejoicing in his inhabited world,

delighting in the children of Adam.

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“And now, sons, listen to me;

those who keep my ways are happy.

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“Listen to instruction and be wise;

don’t ignore it.

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“Anyone who listens to me is happy,

watching at my doors every day,

waiting by the posts of my doorway.

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“For the one who finds me finds life

and obtains favor from the LORD,

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“but the one who misses me[fn] harms himself;

all who hate me love death.”

CSB Footnotes
Or resourcefulness
Some Hb mss, LXX read nobles who judge the earth
Or possessed, or made
Lit way
Or consecrated
Or a confidant, or a child, or was constantly
LXX; MT omits his
Or who sins against me

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