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Proverbs 8:1-9:6 Expanded Bible (EXB)

Listen to Wisdom

·Wisdom calls to you like someone shouting [L Does not Wisdom call out?];
    ·understanding raises [Does not Understanding raise…?] her voice.
On the ·hilltops [L top of the high places] along the road
    and at the crossroads, she ·stands calling [takes her stand].
Beside the city gates,
    at the entrances into the city, she calls out:
“Listen, ·everyone [men], I’m calling out to you;
    ·I am shouting [my voice goes out] to all ·people [L the sons of humanity].
You who are ·uneducated [simpleminded; immature; naive], ·seek wisdom [understand prudence].
    You who are foolish, ·get understanding [L take this to heart].
Listen, because I have ·important [noble] things to say,
    and what I tell you is ·right [virtuous].
·What I say is true [L My mouth utters the truth],
    ·I refuse to speak evil [L my lips despise wickedness].
·Everything I say is honest [L All the speeches of my mouth are righteous];
    nothing I say is ·crooked [twisted] or ·false [perverse].
People ·with good sense [who understand] know what I say is ·true [straightforward];
    and those ·with [L who seek] knowledge know my words are ·right [virtuous].
10 ·Choose [Take] my ·teachings [instructions; discipline] instead of silver,
    and knowledge rather than ·the finest [choice] gold.
11 Wisdom is more precious than ·rubies [or pearls].
    Nothing ·you could want is equal to [is more delightful than] it.

12 “I am Wisdom, and I ·have good judgment [dwell with prudence].
    I also have knowledge and ·good sense [discretion].
13 ·If you respect the Lord, you will also [L Those who fear/have awe for the Lord] hate evil.
    I hate pride and ·bragging [arrogance],
    ·evil ways [L the path of evil] and ·lies [L a perverse mouth].
14 I have advice and ·good sense [resourcefulness; ability],
    and I have understanding and ·power [strength].
15 ·I help kings to govern [L By me kings reign]
    and ·rulers [princes] ·to make fair laws [issue just decrees].
16 ·Princes use me to lead [L By me rulers rule],
    and ·so do all important people who [nobles] judge fairly [Deut. 34:9; 1 Kin. 3:1–15; Ezra 7:25; Col. 1:16].
17 I love those who love me,
    and those who seek me find me.
18 Riches and honor are mine to give.
    So are lasting wealth and ·success [or righteousness].
19 What I give is better than gold, even the finest gold,
    my ·results [yield] better than the purest silver.
20 I ·do what is right [L walk on the way of righteousness]
    ·and follow [L in the midst of] the path of justice.
21 I ·give wealth to those who love me [L cause those who love me to inherit substance],
    filling their houses with treasures.

22 “The Lord ·begot [or acquired; possessed] me ·when he began his work [L at the beginning of his path],
    long before he made anything else.
23 I was ·created [formed; woven; or appointed] in the very beginning,
    even before the world began.
24 I was ·born [brought forth] ·before there were oceans [L when there were no deeps],
    or springs ·overflowing [heavy] with water,
25 before the hills were ·there [L settled],
    before the mountains I was ·born [brought forth].
26 God had not made the earth or ·fields [open country],
    not even the first ·dust [mud clods; soil] of the earth.
27 I was there when God ·put the skies in place [established the heavens],
    when he ·stretched [decreed] the horizon over the ·oceans [deep],
28 when he ·made [thickened; strengthened] the clouds above
    and put the deep underground springs in place.
29 I was there when he ·ordered [decreed] the sea
    not to go beyond the borders he had set.
I was there when he ·laid [decreed] the earth’s foundation.
30     I was like a ·child [nursling; or craftsman; architect] by his side.
I was ·delighted [playing] every day,
    ·enjoying [laughing in] his presence all the time,
31 ·enjoying [laughing with the inhabitants of] the whole world,
    and ·delighted [playing] with all its people [John 1:1–3; Col. 1:15; C Jesus is associated with personified Wisdom in that both were present with God during creation].

32 “Now, my ·children [L sons], listen to me,
    because those who ·follow my ways [guard my path] are happy.
33 Listen to my ·teaching [instruction], and you will be wise;
    do not ·ignore [avoid] it.
34 Happy are those who listen to me,
    watching at my door every day,
    ·waiting at my open doorway [L guarding my doorposts].
35 Those who find me find life,
    and ·the Lord will be pleased with them [they gain favor from the Lord].
36 Those who ·do not find [miss; or offend] me hurt themselves.
    Those who hate me love death.”

Being Wise or Foolish

Wisdom has built her house;
    she has made its seven ·columns [pillars; C a large house].
She has ·prepared her food [L slaughtered her slaughter] and prepared [mixed] her wine;
    she has set her table.
She has sent out her servant girls,
    and she calls out from the highest place in the city [C the location of the Temple, indicating she symbolizes God].
She says to those who are ·uneducated [naive; immature; simpleminded],
    “·Come in [Turn aside] here, you ·foolish people [who lack sense]!
Come and eat my food
    and drink the wine I have ·prepared [mixed].
Stop your ·foolish [naive; immature; simpleminded] ways, and you will live;
    take the road of understanding.

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