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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Proverbs 8:1-36

8  Does not wisdom keep calling out,+ and discernment keep giving forth its voice?+  On top of the heights,+ by the way, at the crossing of the roadways it has stationed itself.  At the side of the gates, at the mouth of the town,+ at the going in of the entrances it keeps crying loudly:+  “To YOU, O men,* I am calling, and my voice is to the sons of men.*+  O inexperienced ones, understand shrewdness;+ and YOU stupid ones, understand heart.*+  Listen, for it is about the foremost things that I speak,+ and the opening of my lips is about uprightness.+  For my palate in low tones utters truth itself;+ and wickedness is something detestable to my lips.+  All the sayings of my mouth are in righteousness.+ Among them there is nothing twisted or crooked.+  All of them are straight to the discerning one, and upright to the ones finding knowledge.+ 10  TAKE my discipline and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold.+ 11  For wisdom is better than corals,+ and all other delights themselves cannot be made equal to it.+ 12  “I, wisdom, I have resided with shrewdness+ and I find even the knowledge of thinking abilities.+ 13  The fear of Jehovah means the hating of bad.+ Self-exaltation and pride+ and the bad way and the perverse mouth+ I have hated. 14  I have counsel+ and practical wisdom.+ I—understanding;+ I have mightiness.+ 15  By me kings themselves keep reigning, and high officials themselves keep decreeing righteousness.+ 16  By me princes themselves keep ruling as princes,+ and nobles are all judging in righteousness.+ 17  Those loving me* I myself love,+ and those looking for me are the ones that find me.+ 18  Riches and glory* are with me,+ hereditary values and righteousness.+ 19  My fruitage is better than gold,* even than refined gold, and my produce than choice silver.+ 20  In the path of righteousness I walk,+ in the middle of the roadways of judgment,+ 21  to cause those loving me to take possession of substance;+ and their storehouses I keep filled.+ 22  “Jehovah himself produced me* as the beginning* of his way,+ the earliest of his achievements of long ago.+ 23  From time indefinite I was installed,+ from the start,* from times earlier than the earth.+ 24  When there were no watery deeps* I was brought forth as with labor pains,+ when there were no springs heavily charged with water. 25  Before the mountains themselves had been settled down,+ ahead of the hills, I was brought forth as with labor pains, 26  when as yet he had not made the earth+ and the open spaces and the first part of the dust masses of the productive land.*+ 27  When he prepared the heavens I was there;+ when he decreed a circle upon the face of the watery deep,+ 28  when he made firm the cloud masses above,+ when he caused the fountains of the watery deep to be strong,+ 29  when he set for the sea his decree that the waters themselves should not pass beyond his order,*+ when he decreed the foundations of the earth,+ 30  then I came to be beside him as a master worker,*+ and I came to be the one he* was specially fond+ of day by day, I being glad before him all the time,+ 31  being glad at the productive land* of his earth,+ and the things I was fond of were with the sons of men.*+ 32  “And now, O sons, listen to me; yes, happy are the ones that keep my very ways.+ 33  Listen to discipline and become wise,+ and do not show any neglect.+ 34  Happy is the man that is listening to me by keeping awake at my doors day by day, by watching at the posts of my entrances.+ 35  For the one finding me will certainly find life,+ and gets goodwill from Jehovah.+ 36  But the one missing me is doing violence to his soul;+ all those intensely hating me are the ones that do love death.”+

Footnotes

“Men.” Heb., ʼi·shim′, pl. of ʼish. See Isa 53:3 ftn, “Men.”
Lit., “earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.
Or, “have good motive.” Heb., ha·vi′nu lev.
“Me,” MmarginTLXXSyVg; M, “it (her).”
Or, “honor.”
“Than gold.” Heb., me·cha·ruts′.
Produced me.” Heb., qa·na′ni; TLXX(Gr., e′kti·sen′ me)Sy, “created me”; Lat., pos·se′dit me, “possessed me.” See Ge 14:19 ftn.
“As the beginning of.” Heb., reʼ·shith′; Gr., ar·khen′; not bereʼ·shith′ (Heb.) or en ar·khei′ (Gr.) as in Ge 1:1; Sy, “as the first”; TVgc(Lat., in i·ni′ti·o), “in the beginning.”
Lit., “from the head.” Heb., me·roʼsh′.
Or, “surging waters.” Heb., teho·mohth′. See Ge 1:2 ftn, “Deep.”
“Productive land.” Heb., te·vel′; Lat., or′bis ter′rae, “circle of the earth.”
Lit., “mouth.”
Or, “a fosterling.” Heb., ʼa·mohn′; T, “proving faithful”; LXX, “acting suitably”; Vg, “composing all things.”
“He,” LXXSy.
“At the productive land of.” Heb., bethe·vel′; LXX, “the inhabited earth.”
Lit., “earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.