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1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put
forth her voice?
2 She standeth in the top of high
places, by the way in the places of the paths.
crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is
to the sons of man.
5 O ye simple, understand wisdom:
and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall
be right things.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth;
and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is
nothing froward or perverse in them.
9 They are
all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver;
and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11 For wisdom is
better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not
to be compared to it.
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out
knowledge of witty inventions.
13 The fear of the LORD is
to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the
froward mouth, do I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and
sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me
princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me
early shall find me.
18 Riches and honour are
with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my
revenue than choice silver.
20 I lead in the way of
righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will
fill their treasures.
22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of
his way, before his works of old.
23 I was set up from
everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there
were no fountains abounding with water.
the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest
part of the dust of the world.
27 When he prepared the
heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face
of the depth:
28 When he established the clouds above:
when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his
commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was
daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were
with the sons of men.
32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for
blessed are they that keep my ways.
instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is
the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at
the posts of my doors.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth
life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
36 But he
that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate
me love death.
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