The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 8:1–11

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

Thou shalt proclaim wisdom, that understanding may be obedient to thee.

THEREFORE preach wisdom, and understanding will answer you.

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

For she is on lofty eminences, and stands in the midst of the ways.

At the summits and the tops of exalted places, standing above the ways, in the midst of the paths,

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

For she sits by the gates of princes, and sings in the entrances, saying,

She cries at the gates, at the entrance of the city; she cries aloud, saying,

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

You, O men, I exhort; and utter my voice to the sons of men.

“O men, to you I call out, and my voice is to the sons of men.

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

O ye simple, understand subtlety, and ye that are untaught, imbibe knowledge.

O little ones, understand discernment. And you who are unwise, turn your souls.

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

Hearken to me; for I will speak solemn truths; and will produce right sayings from my lips.

Listen, for I will speak about great things, and my lips will be opened, so as to foretell what is right.

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

For my throat shall meditate truth; and false lips are an abomination before me.

My throat shall practice truth, and my lips shall detest the impious.

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

All my words are just. There is no depravity in them, and no perversity.

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

They are upright to those who understand, and equitable to those who discover knowledge.

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

10  Accept my discipline, and not money. Choose the doctrine that is greater than gold.

10  Receive discipline and not silver; and choose for yourself knowledge rather than fine gold.

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

11  For wisdom is much better than fine gold; yea, she is better than precious stones, and nothing can be compared to her.