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Proverbs 8 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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The Commendation of Wisdom

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:1 - Does not wisdom call,
And understanding [fn]lift up her voice?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:2 - On top of the heights beside the way,
Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:3 - Beside the gates, at the opening to the city,
At the entrance of the doors, she cries out:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:4 - “To you, O men, I call,
And my voice is to the sons of men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:5 - “O [fn]naive ones, understand prudence;
And, O fools, understand [fn]wisdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:6 - “Listen, for I will speak noble things;
And the opening of my lips will reveal right things.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:7 - “For my mouth will utter truth;
And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:8 - “All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness;
There is nothing crooked or perverted in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:9 - “They are all straightforward to him who understands,
And right to those who find knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:10 - “Take my instruction and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choicest gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:11 - “For wisdom is better than [fn]jewels;
And all desirable things 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 to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverted mouth, I hate.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:14 - “Counsel is mine and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, power is mine.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:15 - “By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:16 - “By me princes rule, and nobles,
All who judge rightly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:17 - “I love those who love me;
And those who diligently seek me will 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 pure gold,
And my yield better than choicest silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:20 - “I walk in the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:21 - To endow those who love me with wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:22 - “The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works [fn]of old.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:23 - “From everlasting I was [fn]established,
From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:24 - “When there were no depths I was [fn]brought forth,
When there were no springs abounding with water.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:25 - “Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills I was [fn]brought forth;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:26 - While He had not yet made the earth and the [fn]fields,
Nor the first dust of the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:27 - “When He established the heavens, I was there,
When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:28 - When He made firm the skies above,
When the springs of the deep became [fn]fixed,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:29 - When He set for the sea its boundary
So that the water would not transgress His [fn]command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:30 - Then I was beside Him, as a master workman;
And I was daily His delight,
[fn]Rejoicing always before Him,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:31 - [fn]Rejoicing in the world, His earth,
And having my delight in the sons of men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:32 - “Now therefore, O sons, listen to me,
For blessed are they who keep my ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:33 - “Heed instruction and be wise,
And do not neglect it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:34 - “Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at my doorposts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:35 - “For he who finds me finds life
And obtains favor from the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:36 - “But he who [fn]sins against me injures himself;
All those who hate me love death.”
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: give
Literally: simple
Literally: heart
Literally: corals
Literally: from then
Or, consecrated
Or, born
Or, born
Literally: outside places
Literally: strong
Literally: mouth
Or, Playing
Or, Playing
Or, misses me

New American Standard Bible 1995
Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995
by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
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