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Proverbs 8 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Does not wisdom call?
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On the heights beside the way,
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beside the gates in front of the town,
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“To you, O men, I call,
and my cry is to the children of man.

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O simple ones, learn prudence;
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Hear, for I will speak noble things,
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for my mouth will utter truth;
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All the words of my mouth are righteous;
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They are all straight to him who understands,
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Take my instruction instead of silver,
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for wisdom is better than jewels,
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“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
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The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil.
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and perverted speech I hate.

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I have counsel and sound wisdom;
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By me kings reign,
and rulers decree what is just;

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by me princes rule,
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I love those who love me,
and those who seek me diligently find me.

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Riches and honor are with me,
enduring wealth and righteousness.

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My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
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I walk in the way of righteousness,
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granting an inheritance to those who love me,
and filling their treasuries.

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“The LORD possessed[fn] me at the beginning of his work,[fn]
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Ages ago I was set up,
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When there were no depths I was brought forth,
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Before the mountains had been shaped,
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before he had made the earth with its fields,
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When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,

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when he made firm the skies above,
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when he assigned to the sea its limit,
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when he marked out the foundations of the earth,

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then I was beside him, like a master workman,
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rejoicing before him always,

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rejoicing in his inhabited world
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“And now, O sons, listen to me:
blessed are those who keep my ways.

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Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.

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Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.

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For whoever finds me finds life
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but he who fails to find me injures himself;
all who hate me love death.”
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