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Proverbs 8 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:1 - Does not wisdom call, does not understanding raise her voice?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:2 - On the heights beside the way, in the paths she takes her stand;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:3 - beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:4 - "To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the sons of men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:5 - O simple ones, learn prudence; O foolish men, pay attention.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:6 - Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:7 - for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:8 - All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:9 - They are all straight to him who understands and right to those who find knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:10 - Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:11 - for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:12 - I, wisdom, dwell in prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:13 - The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:14 - I have counsel and sound wisdom, I have insight, I have strength.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:15 - By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:16 - by me princes rule, and nobles govern the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:17 - I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:18 - Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and prosperity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:19 - My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:20 - I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:21 - endowing with wealth those who love me, and filling their treasuries.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:22 - The LORD created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:23 - Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:24 - When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:25 - Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:26 - before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:27 - When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:28 - when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:29 - when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:30 - then I was beside him, like a master workman; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:31 - rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the sons of men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:32 - And now, my sons, listen to me: happy are those who keep my ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:33 - Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 8:34 - Happy is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.
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 misses me injures himself; all who hate me love death."

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

Availability: Freely available for non-commercial use provided that this header is included in its entirety with any copy distributed.


Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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