Proverbs 8

1Listen! Wisdom and Understanding are calling for you to listen. 2They stand at the top of the hill by the road where the paths meet. 3They are near the gates of the city. They are calling out from the open doors. 4˻Wisdom says,˼ “Men, I call out to you. I call out to all people. 5If you are foolish, learn to be wise. Foolish men, learn to understand. 6Listen! The things I teach are important. I tell you things that are right. 7My words are true. I hate evil lies. 8The things I say are right. There is nothing false or wrong in my words. 9All these sayings are clear to the person who has understanding. The person with knowledge understands these things. 10Accept my discipline. It is worth more than silver. It is worth more than the best gold. 11Wisdom is worth more than pearls. It is worth more than anything a person can want.” 12“I am Wisdom. I live with good judgment. You can find me with Knowledge and Good Planning. 13If a person respects the Lord, then that person will hate evil. I ˻(Wisdom)˼ hate pride and people who think they are better than other people. I hate evil ways, and a lying mouth. 14But I give people the ability to make good decisions and have good judgment. I give understanding and power! 15Kings use me to rule. Rulers use me to make fair laws. 16Every good ruler on earth uses me to rule the people under them. 17I love people who love me. And if people try hard to find me, they will find me. 18I also have riches and honor to give. I give true wealth and success. 19The things I give are better than fine gold. And my gifts are better than pure silver. 20I lead people in the right way. I lead them along the paths of right judgment. 21I give wealth to people who love me. Yes, I fill their houses with treasures. 22I was the first thing the Lord made, long ago in the beginning. 23I was made in the beginning. I was made first, before the world. 24I was formed before the oceans; I was made before there was water. 25I was born before the mountains. I was born before the hills. 26I was born before the Lord made the earth. I was born before the fields. I was born before God made the first dust of the world. 27I was there when the Lord made the skies. I was there when the Lord drew the circle around the land and set the limits for the ocean. 28I was born before the Lord put the clouds in the sky. And I was there when the Lord put water in the ocean. 29I was there when the Lord set the limits for water in the seas. The water can’t rise higher than the Lord allows. I was there when the Lord made the foundations of the earth. 30I was beside him like a skilled worker. The Lord was happy every day because of me. I made him laugh and be happy all the time. 31The Lord was excited about the world he made. He was happy about the people that he put there. 32“Now, children, listen to me! You can be happy too, if you follow my ways! 33Listen to my teachings and become wise. Don’t refuse to listen. 34The person who listens to me will be happy. He watches every day at my doors. He waits at my doorway. 35Any person who finds me finds life. He will get good things from the Lord! 36But the person who sins against me hurts himself. All people who hate me love death!”

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