Index: Bible in Basic English


Proverbs 8

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8:1 Is not wisdom crying out, and the voice of knowledge sounding?

8:2 At the top of the highways, at the meeting of the roads, she takes her place;

8:3 Where the roads go into the town her cry goes out, at the doorways her voice is loud:

8:4 I am crying out to you, O men; my voice comes to the sons of men.

8:5 Become expert in reason, O you simple ones; you foolish ones, take training to heart.

8:6 Give ear, for my words are true, and my lips are open to give out what is upright.

8:7 For good faith goes out of my mouth, and false lips are disgusting to me.

8:8 All the words of my mouth are righteousness; there is nothing false or twisted in them.

8:9 They are all true to him whose mind is awake, and straightforward to those who get knowledge.

8:10 Take my teaching, and not silver; get knowledge in place of the best gold.

8:11 For wisdom is better than jewels, and all things which may be desired are nothing in comparison with her.

8:12 I, wisdom, have made wise behaviour my near relation; I am seen to be the special friend of wise purposes.

8:13 The fear of the Lord is seen in hating evil: pride, a high opinion of oneself, the evil way, and the false tongue, are unpleasing to me.

8:14 Wise design and good sense are mine; reason and strength are mine.

8:15 Through me kings have their power, and rulers give right decisions.

8:16 Through me chiefs have authority, and the noble ones are judging in righteousness.

8:17 Those who have given me their love are loved by me, and those who make search for me with care will get me.

8:18 Wealth and honour are in my hands, even wealth without equal and righteousness.

8:19 My fruit is better than gold, even than the best gold; and my increase is more to be desired than silver.

8:20 I go in the road of righteousness, in the way of right judging:

8:21 So that I may give my lovers wealth for their heritage, making their store-houses full.

8:22 The Lord made me as the start of his way, the first of his works in the past.

8:23 From eternal days I was given my place, from the birth of time, before the earth was.

8:24 When there was no deep I was given birth, when there were no fountains flowing with water.

8:25 Before the mountains were put in their places, before the hills was my birth:

8:26 When he had not made the earth or the fields or the dust of the world.

8:27 When he made ready the heavens I was there: when he put an arch over the face of the deep:

8:28 When he made strong the skies overhead: when the fountains of the deep were fixed:

8:29 When he put a limit to the sea, so that the waters might not go against his word: when he put in position the bases of the earth:

8:30 Then I was by his side, as a master workman: and I was his delight from day to day, playing before him at all times;

8:31 Playing in his earth; and my delight was with the sons of men.

8:32 Give ear to me then, my sons: for happy are those who keep my ways.

8:33 Take my teaching and be wise; do not let it go.

8:34 Happy is the man who gives ear to me, watching at my doors day by day, keeping his place by the pillars of my house.

8:35 For whoever gets me gets life, and grace from the Lord will come to him.

8:36 But he who does evil to me, does wrong to his soul: all my haters are in love with death.


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