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Proverbs 8 - New World Translation of The Holy Scriptures

The Excellence of Wisdom

1. Does not wisdom keep calling out, and discernment keep giving forth its voice?

2. On top of the heights, by the way, at the crossing of the roadways it has stationed itself.

3. At the side of the gates, at the mouth of the town, at the going in of the entrances it keeps crying loudly:

4. 'To YOU, O men, I am calling, and my voice is to the sons of men.

5. O inexperienced ones, understand shrewdness; and YOU stupid ones, understand heart.

6. Listen, for it is about the foremost things that I speak, and the opening of my lips is about uprightness.

7. For my palate in low tones utters truth itself; and wickedness is something detestable to my lips.

8. All the sayings of my mouth are in righteousness. Among them there is nothing twisted or crooked.

9. All of them are straight to the discerning one, and upright to the ones finding knowledge.

10. TAKE my discipline and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold.

11. For wisdom is better than corals, and all other delights themselves cannot be made equal to it.

12. 'I, wisdom, I have resided with shrewdness and I find even the knowledge of thinking abilities.

13. The fear of Jehovah means the hating of bad. Self-exaltation and pride and the bad way and the perverse mouth I have hated.

14. I have counsel and practical wisdom. I-understanding; I have mightiness.

15. By me kings themselves keep reigning, and high officials themselves keep decreeing righteousness.

16. By me princes themselves keep ruling as princes, and nobles are all judging in righteousness.

17. Those loving me I myself love, and those looking for me are the ones that find me.

18. Riches and glory are with me, hereditary values and righteousness.

19. My fruitage is better than gold, even than refined gold, and my produce than choice silver.

20. In the path of righteousness I walk, in the middle of the roadways of judgment,

21. to cause those loving me to take possession of substance; and their storehouses I keep filled.

22. 'Jehovah himself produced me as the beginning of his way, the earliest of his achievements of long ago.

23. From time indefinite I was installed, from the start, from times earlier than the earth.

24. When there were no watery deeps I was brought forth as with labor pains, when there were no springs heavily charged with water.

25. Before the mountains themselves had been settled down, ahead of the hills, I was brought forth as with labor pains,

26. when as yet he had not made the earth and the open spaces and the first part of the dust masses of the productive land.

27. When he prepared the heavens I was there; when he decreed a circle upon the face of the watery deep,

28. when he made firm the cloud masses above, when he caused the fountains of the watery deep to be strong,

29. when he set for the sea his decree that the waters themselves should not pass beyond his order, when he decreed the foundations of the earth,

30. then I came to be beside him as a master worker, and I came to be the one he was specially fond of day by day, I being glad before him all the time,

31. being glad at the productive land of his earth, and the things I was fond of were with the sons of men.

32. 'And now, O sons, listen to me; yes, happy are the ones that keep my very ways.

33. Listen to discipline and become wise, and do not show any neglect.

34. Happy is the man that is listening to me by keeping awake at my doors day by day, by watching at the posts of my entrances.

35. For the one finding me will certainly find life, and gets goodwill from Jehovah.

36. But the one missing me is doing violence to his soul; all those intensely hating me are the ones that do love death.'

The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (1984)

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