Proverbs

Proverbs 8 ©

1The solemn call, 6sound teaching, 10inestimable worth, 12nature, 15benefits, 22and eternity of wisdom. 32Wisdom is to be attended to for the blessedness it bringeth.

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DOTH not awisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

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She standeth in the top of bhigh places, by the way in the places of the paths.

b ch. 9.3,14.
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She crieth at the cgates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.

c ch. 1.21.
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Unto dyou, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

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O eye simple, understand wisdom: and, fye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

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Hear; for I will gspeak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

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For hmy mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is 1an abomination to my lips.

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All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing 2*froward or perverse in them.

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iThey are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

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jReceive my instruction, and knot silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

j ch. 23.23.
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For lwisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

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I mwisdom dwell with 3prudence, and find out knowledge of *witty inventions.

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The nfear of the LORD is to hate evil: opride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the *froward mouth, do I hate.

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pCounsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; qI have strength.

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rBy me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

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By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

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I slove them that love me; and tthose that seek me early shall find me.

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uRiches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.

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My vfruit is better than gold, yea, than wfine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.

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xI 4lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:

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That I may cause those that love me yto inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

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The zLORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

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I awas set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

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When there were no bdepths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

b Ge. 1.2.
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cBefore the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:

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While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the 5fields, nor 6the highest part of the dust of the world.

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When he dprepared the heavens, I was there: ewhen he *set 7a compass upon the face of the depth:

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When he festablished the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

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gWhen he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he happointed the foundations of the earth:

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Then iI was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

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Rejoicing in the jhabitable part of his earth; and kmy delights were with the sons of men.

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Now therefore lhearken unto me, O ye children: for mblessed are they that keep my ways.

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nHear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

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oBlessed is the man that heareth me, pwatching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

o Mat. 7.24. Lu. 11.28. ch. 3.13.
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For qwhoso findeth me rfindeth life, and shall 8obtain favour of the LORD.

r ch. 21.21.
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But she that sinneth against me twrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me ulove death.