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Proverbs 8 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Wisdom Calls for a Hearing
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:1 - Listen as Wisdom calls out!
Hear as understanding raises her voice!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:2 - On the hilltop along the road,
she takes her stand at the crossroads.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:3 - By the gates at the entrance to the town,
on the road leading in, she cries aloud,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:4 - “I call to you, to all of you!
I raise my voice to all people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:5 - You simple people, use good judgment.
You foolish people, show some understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:6 - Listen to me! For I have important things to tell you.
Everything I say is right,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:7 - for I speak the truth
and detest every kind of deception.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:8 - My advice is wholesome.
There is nothing devious or crooked in it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:9 - My words are plain to anyone with understanding,
clear to those with knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:10 - Choose my instruction rather than silver,
and knowledge rather than pure gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:11 - For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies.
Nothing you desire can compare with it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:12 - “I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.
I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:13 - All who fear the LORD will hate evil.
Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance,
corruption and perverse speech.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:14 - Common sense and success belong to me.
Insight and strength are mine.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:15 - Because of me, kings reign,
and rulers make just decrees.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:16 - Rulers lead with my help,
and nobles make righteous judgments.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:17 - “I love all who love me.
Those who search will surely find me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:18 - I have riches and honor,
as well as enduring wealth and justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:19 - My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold,
my wages better than sterling silver!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:20 - I walk in righteousness,
in paths of justice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:21 - Those who love me inherit wealth.
I will fill their treasuries.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:22 - “The LORD formed me from the beginning,
before he created anything else.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:23 - I was appointed in ages past,
at the very first, before the earth began.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:24 - I was born before the oceans were created,
before the springs bubbled forth their waters.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:25 - Before the mountains were formed,
before the hills, I was born—
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:26 - before he had made the earth and fields
and the first handfuls of soil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:27 - I was there when he established the heavens,
when he drew the horizon on the oceans.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:28 - I was there when he set the clouds above,
when he established springs deep in the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:29 - I was there when he set the limits of the seas,
so they would not spread beyond their boundaries.
And when he marked off the earth’s foundations,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:30 - I was the architect at his side.
I was his constant delight,
rejoicing always in his presence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:31 - And how happy I was with the world he created;
how I rejoiced with the human family!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:32 - “And so, my children,[fn] listen to me,
for all who follow my ways are joyful.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:33 - Listen to my instruction and be wise.
Don’t ignore it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:34 - Joyful are those who listen to me,
watching for me daily at my gates,
waiting for me outside my home!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:35 - For whoever finds me finds life
and receives favor from the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:36 - But those who miss me injure themselves.
All who hate me love death.”
NLT Footnotes
Some Hebrew manuscripts and Greek version read and nobles are judges over the earth.
Hebrew my sons.

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