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Proverbs 8 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Wisdom’s Call

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:1 - Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:2 - At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:3 - beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:4 - “To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:5 - You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:6 - Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:7 - My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:8 - All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:9 - To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:10 - Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:11 - for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:12 - “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:13 - To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:14 - Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:15 - By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:16 - by me princes govern, and nobles—all who rule on earth.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:17 - I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:18 - With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:19 - My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:20 - I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:21 - bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:22 - “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works,[fn][fn] before his deeds of old;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:23 - I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:24 - When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, when there were no springs overflowing with water;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:25 - before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:26 - before he made the world or its fields or any of the dust of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:27 - I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:28 - when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:29 - when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:30 - Then I was constantly[fn] at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:31 - rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:32 - “Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:33 - Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:34 - Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:35 - For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:36 - But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.”
NIV Footnotes
Septuagint; Hebrew foolish, instruct your minds
Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; other Hebrew manuscripts all righteous rulers
Or way; or dominion
Or The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work; or The LORD brought me forth at the beginning of his work
Or was the artisan; or was a little child

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