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Proverbs 8 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Blessings of Wisdom

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:1 - Does not wisdom call?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:2 - On the heights beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:3 - beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:4 - “To you, O men, I call,
and my cry is to the children of man.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:5 - O simple ones, learn prudence;
O fools, learn sense.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:6 - Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:7 - for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:8 - All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:9 - They are all straight to him who understands,
and right to those who find knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:10 - Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:11 - for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:12 - “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
and I find knowledge and discretion.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:13 - The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
and perverted speech I hate.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:14 - I have counsel and sound wisdom;
I have insight; I have strength.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:15 - By me kings reign,
and rulers decree what is just;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:16 - by me princes rule,
and nobles, all who govern justly.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:17 - I love those who love me,
and those who seek me diligently find me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:18 - Riches and honor are with me,
enduring wealth and righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:19 - My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
and my yield than choice silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:20 - I walk in the way of righteousness,
in the paths of justice,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:21 - granting an inheritance to those who love me,
and filling their treasuries.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:22 - “The LORD possessed[fn] me at the beginning of his work,[fn]
the first of his acts of old.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:23 - Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:24 - When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:25 - Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:26 - before he had made the earth with its fields,
or the first of the dust of the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:27 - When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:28 - when he made firm the skies above,
when he established[fn] the fountains of the deep,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:29 - 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:30 - then I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his[fn] delight,
rejoicing before him always,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:31 - rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the children of man.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:32 - “And now, O sons, listen to me:
blessed are those who keep my ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:33 - Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:34 - Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:35 - For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the LORD,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:36 - but he who fails to find me injures himself;
all who hate me love death.”
ESV Footnotes
Most Hebrew manuscripts; many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint govern the earth
Or fathered; Septuagint created
Hebrew way
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
Or daily filled with

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