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Proverbs 8 - Easy To Read Version

The Excellence of Wisdom

1. Listen! Wisdom and Understanding\par are calling for you to listen.\par

2. They stand at the top of the hill\par by the road where the paths meet.\par

3. They are near the gates of the city.\par They are calling out from the open doors.\par

4. \{Wisdom says,\}\par “Men, I call out to you.\par I call out to all people.\par

5. If you are foolish, learn to be wise.\par Foolish men, learn to understand.\par

6. Listen! The things I teach are important.\par I tell you things that are right.\par

7. My words are true.\par I hate evil lies.\par

8. The things I say are right.\par There is nothing false or wrong\par in my words.\par

9. All these sayings are clear to the person\par who has understanding.\par The person with knowledge\par understands these things.\par

10. Accept my discipline.\par It is worth more than silver.\par It is worth more than the best gold.\par

11. Wisdom is worth more than pearls.\par It is worth more than anything a person\par can want.”\par

12. “I am Wisdom.\par I live with good judgment.\par You can find me with Knowledge\par and Good Planning.\par

13. If a person respects the Lord,\par then that person will hate evil.\par I (Wisdom) hate pride\par and people who think they are better\par than other people.\par I hate evil ways, and a lying mouth.\par

14. But I give people the ability\par to make good decisions\par and have good judgment.\par I give understanding and power!\par

15. Kings use me to rule.\par Rulers use me to make fair laws.\par

16. Every good ruler on earth uses me\par to rule the people under them.\par

17. I love people who love me.\par And if people try hard to find me,\par they will find me.\par

18. I also have riches\par and honor to give.\par I give true wealth and success.\par

19. The things I give are better than fine gold.\par And my gifts are better than pure silver.\par

20. I lead people in the right way.\par I lead them along the paths\par of right judgment.\par

21. I give wealth to people who love me.\par Yes, I fill their houses with treasures.\par

22. I was the first thing the Lord made,\par long ago in the beginning.\par

23. I was made in the beginning.\par I was made first, before the world.\par

24. I was formed before the oceans;\par I was made before there was water.\par

25. I was born before the mountains.\par I was born before the hills.\par

26. I was born before the Lord made the earth.\par I was born before the fields.\par I was born before God made the first dust\par of the world.\par

27. I was there when the Lord\par made the skies.\par I was there when the Lord\par drew the circle around the land\par and set the limits for the ocean.\par

28. I was born before the Lord put the clouds\par in the sky.\par And I was there when the Lord put water\par in the ocean.\par

29. I was there when the Lord set the limits\par for water in the seas.\par The water can’t rise higher\par than the Lord allows.\par I was there when the Lord made\par the foundations of the earth.\par

30. I was beside him like a skilled worker.\par The Lord was happy every day\par because of me.\par I made him laugh and be happy\par all the time.\par

31. The Lord was excited about the world\par he made.\par He was happy about the people\par that he put there.\par

32. “Now, children, listen to me!\par You can be happy too,\par if you follow my ways!\par

33. Listen to my teachings and become wise.\par Don’t refuse to listen.\par

34. The person who listens to me\par will be happy.\par He watches every day at my doors.\par He waits at my doorway.\par

35. Any person who finds me finds life.\par He will get good things from the Lord!\par

36. But the person who sins against me\par hurts himself.\par All people who hate me love death!”\par

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