27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap
    without his clothes being burned?
28 Can a man walk on hot coals
    without his feet being scorched?
29 So is he who sleeps(A) with another man’s wife;(B)
    no one who touches her will go unpunished.

30 People do not despise a thief if he steals
    to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold,(C)
    though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
32 But a man who commits adultery(D) has no sense;(E)
    whoever does so destroys himself.
33 Blows and disgrace are his lot,
    and his shame will never(F) be wiped away.

34 For jealousy(G) arouses a husband’s fury,(H)
    and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 He will not accept any compensation;
    he will refuse a bribe, however great it is.(I)

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Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
    I open my lips to speak what is right.
My mouth speaks what is true,(A)
    for my lips detest wickedness.
All the words of my mouth are just;
    none of them is crooked or perverse.
To the discerning all of them are right;
    they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
    knowledge rather than choice gold,(B)
11 for wisdom is more precious(C) than rubies,
    and nothing you desire can compare with her.(D)

12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
    I possess knowledge and discretion.(E)
13 To fear the Lord(F) is to hate evil;(G)
    I hate(H) pride and arrogance,
    evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
    I have insight, I have power.(I)
15 By me kings reign
    and rulers(J) issue decrees that are just;
16 by me princes govern,(K)
    and nobles—all who rule on earth.[a]
17 I love those who love me,(L)
    and those who seek me find me.(M)
18 With me are riches and honor,(N)
    enduring wealth and prosperity.(O)
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;(P)
    what I yield surpasses choice silver.(Q)
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,(R)
    along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me
    and making their treasuries full.(S)

22 “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,[b][c]
    before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
    at the very beginning, when the world came to be.

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  1. Proverbs 8:16 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; other Hebrew manuscripts all righteous rulers
  2. Proverbs 8:22 Or way; or dominion
  3. Proverbs 8:22 Or The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work; or The Lord brought me forth at the beginning of his work

26 before he made the world or its fields
    or any of the dust of the earth.(A)

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27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,(A)
    when he marked out the horizon(B) on the face of the deep,

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