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Proverbs 8 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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The Blessing of Wisdom

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Does not wisdom call,

And discernment give forth her voice?

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At the top of the heights upon the way,

Where the pathways meet, she takes her stand;

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Beside the gates, at the opening to the city,

At the entrance of the doors, she makes a shout:

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“To you, O men, I call,

And my voice is to the sons of men.

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“O simple ones, understand prudence;

And, O fools, understand a heart of wisdom.

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“Listen, for I will speak noble things;

And the opening of my lips will reveal upright things.

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“For my mouth will utter truth;

And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

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“All the words of my mouth are in righteousness;

There is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

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“They are all straightforward to him who understands,

And right to those who find knowledge.

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“Take my discipline and not silver,

And knowledge rather than choicest fine gold.

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“For wisdom is better than pearls;

And all desirable things cannot compare with her.

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“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,

And I find knowledge and discretion.

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“The fear of Yahweh is to hate evil;

Pride and arrogance and the evil way

And the mouth of [fn]perverted words, I hate.

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“Counsel is mine and sound wisdom;

I am understanding, might is mine.

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“By me kings reign,

And rulers mark out righteousness.

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“By me princes rule, and nobles,

All who judge rightly.

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“I love those who love me;

And those who earnestly seek me will find me.

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“Riches and glory are with me,

Enduring wealth and righteousness.

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“My fruit is better than fine gold, even pure gold,

And my produce better than choice silver.

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“I walk in the path of righteousness,

In the midst of the pathways of justice,

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To give those who love me an inheritance of wealth,

That I may fill their treasuries.

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“Yahweh possessed me at the beginning of His way,

Before His deeds [fn]of old.

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“From everlasting I was [fn]installed,

From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.

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“When there were no depths I was [fn]brought forth,

When there were no springs heavy with water.

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“Before the mountains were settled,

Before the hills I was [fn]brought forth;

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While He had not yet made the earth and the fields outside,

Nor the first dust of the world.

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“When He established the heavens, I was there,

When He marked out a circle on the face of the deep,

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When He made firm the skies above,

When the springs of the deep became strong,

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When He set for the sea its boundary

So that the water would not pass over His [fn]command,

When He marked out the foundations of the earth;

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Then I was beside Him, as a master workman;

And I was a daily delight,

[fn]Rejoicing always before Him,

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[fn]Rejoicing in the world, His earth,

My delight is in the sons of men.

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“So now, O sons, listen to me,

For blessed are they who keep my ways.

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“Hear discipline and be wise,

And do not neglect it.

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“How blessed is the man who hears me,

To watch daily at my doors,

To keep watch at my doorposts.

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“For he who finds me finds life

And obtains favor from Yahweh.

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“But he who [fn]sins against me does violence to his own soul;

All those who hate me love death.”

LSB Footnotes
Lit perversities
Lit from then
Or consecrated
Or born
Or born
Lit mouth
Or Playing
Or Playing
Or misses me

Copyright ©2021 by The Lockman Foundation

All rights reserved. Managed in partnership with Three Sixteen Publishing Inc.

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