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Chapter 8

8:1 Doth not wisdom call, and understanding put forth her voice?

8:2 In the top of high places by the way, where the paths meet, she standeth;

8:3 Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors, she crieth aloud:

8:4 'Unto you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of men.

8:5 O ye thoughtless, understand prudence, and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

8:6 Hear, for I will speak excellent things, and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

8:7 For my mouth shall utter truth, and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness, there is nothing perverse or crooked in them.

8:9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold.

8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies, and all things desirable are not to be compared unto her.

8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of devices.

8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.

8:15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

8:16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

8:17 I love them that love me, and those that seek me earnestly shall find me.

8:18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, enduring riches and righteousness.

8:19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my produce than choice silver.

8:20 I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice;

8:21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance, and that I may fill their treasuries.

8:22 the Lord made me as the beginning of His way, the first of His works of old.

8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

8:24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.

8:25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth;

8:26 While as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world.

8:27 When He established the heavens, I was there; when He set a circle upon the face of the deep,

8:28 When He made firm the skies above, when the fountains of the deep showed their might,

8:29 When He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not transgress His commandment, when He appointed the foundations of the earth;

8:30 Then I was by Him, as a nursling; and I was daily all delight, playing always before Him,

8:31 Playing in His habitable earth, and my delights are with the sons of men.

8:32 Now therefore, ye children, hearken unto me; for happy are they that keep my ways.

8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

8:34 Happy is the man that hearkeneth to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

8:35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.

8:36 But he that misseth me wrongeth his own soul; all they that hate me love death.'

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