King James VersionProverbs8


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.
3 She cri­eth at the gates, at the en­try of the city, at the com­ing in at the doors.
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.
6 Hear; 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.
8 All 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 knowl­edge.
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.
15 By 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.
19 My 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:
21 That 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.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no foun­tains abound­ing with wa­ter.
25 Be­fore the moun­tains were set­tled, be­fore the hills was I brought forth:
26 While 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:
29 When he gave to the sea his de­cree, that the wa­ters should not pass his com­mand­ment: when he ap­point­ed the foun­da­tions of the earth:
30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was dai­ly his de­light, re­joic­ing al­ways be­fore him;
31 Re­joic­ing 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.
33 Hear 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.