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Proverbs 8 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Excellence of Wisdom
Wisdom Is Everlasting
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:1 - Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:2 - She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:3 - She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:
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 you simple ones, understand prudence,
And you fools, be of an understanding heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:6 - Listen, for I will speak of excellent things,
And from the opening of my lips will come right things;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:7 - For my mouth will speak truth;
Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:8 - All the words of my mouth are with righteousness;
Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:9 - They are all plain to him who understands,
And right to those who find knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:10 - Receive my instruction, and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choice gold;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:11 - For wisdom is better than rubies,
And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:12 - “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
And find out 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 perverse mouth I hate.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:14 - Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, I have strength.
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 the judges of the earth.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:17 - I love those who love me,
And those who seek me diligently will find me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:18 - Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring riches and righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:19 - My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold,
And my revenue than choice silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:20 - I traverse the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:21 - That I may cause those who love me to inherit 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 of old.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:23 - I have been established from everlasting,
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:24 - When there were no depths I was brought forth,
When there were no fountains abounding with water.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:25 - Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills, I was brought forth;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:26 - While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields,
Or the primal dust of the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:27 - When He prepared the heavens, I was there,
When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:28 - When He established the clouds above,
When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:29 - When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:30 - Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;[fn]
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:31 - Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:32 - “Now therefore, listen to me, my children,
For blessed are those who keep my ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:33 - Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:34 - Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of 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 sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death.”
NKJV Footnotes
Masoretic Text, Syriac, Targum, and Vulgate read righteousness; Septuagint, Bomberg, and some manuscripts and editions read earth.
A Jewish tradition reads one brought up.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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