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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 8

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1 Doth not wisedome crie? and vnderstanding vtter her voyce?

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2 She standeth in the top of the high places by the way in the place of the paths.

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3 She cryeth besides the gates before the citie at the entrie of the doores,

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4 O men, I call vnto you, and vtter my voyce to the children of men.

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5 O ye foolish men, vnderstand wisedome, and ye, O fooles, be wise in heart.

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6 Giue eare, for I will speake of excellent things, and the opening of my lippes, shall teache things that be right.

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7 For my mouth shall speake the trueth, and my lippes abhorre wickednesse.

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8 All the wordes of my mouth are righteous: there is no lewdenes, nor frowardnesse in them.

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9 They are all plaine to him that will vnderstande, and streight to them that woulde finde knowledge.

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10 Receiue mine instruction, and not siluer, and knowledge rather then fine golde.

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11 For wisdome is better then precious stones: and all pleasures are not to be compared vnto her.

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12 I wisdome dwell with prudence, and I find foorth knowledge and counsels.

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13 The feare of the Lord is to hate euill as pride, and arrogancie, and the euill way: and a mouth that speaketh lewde things, I doe hate.

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14 I haue counsell and wisedome: I am vnderstanding, and I haue strength.

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15 By me, Kings reigne, and princes decree iustice.

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16 By me princes rule and the nobles, and all the iudges of the earth.

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17 I loue them that loue me: and they that seeke me earely, shall finde me.

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18 Riches and honour are with me: euen durable riches and righteousnesse.

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19 My fruite is better then golde, euen then fine golde, and my reuenues better then fine siluer.

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20 I cause to walke in the way of righteousnes, and in the middes of the paths of iudgement,

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21 That I may cause them that loue me, to inherite substance, and I will fill their treasures.

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22 The Lord hath possessed me in the beginning of his way: I was before his workes of olde.

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23 I was set vp from euerlasting, from the beginning and before the earth.

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24 When there were no depths, was I begotten, when there were no fountaines abounding with water.

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25 Before the mountaines were setled: and before the hilles, was I begotten.

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26 He had not yet made the earth, nor the open places, nor the height of the dust in the worlde.

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27 When hee prepared the heauens, I was there, when he set the compasse vpon the deepe.

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28 When he established the cloudes aboue, when he confirmed the fountaines of the deepe,

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29 When he gaue his decree to the Sea, that the waters shoulde not passe his commandement: when he appointed the foundations of the earth,

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30 Then was I with him as a nourisher, and I was dayly his delight reioycing alway before him,

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31 And tooke my solace in the compasse of his earth: and my delite is with the children of men.

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32 Therefore nowe hearken, O children, vnto me: for blessed are they that keepe my wayes.

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33 Heare instruction, and be ye wise, and refuse it not: blessed is the man that heareth mee, watching dayly at my gates, and giuing attendance at the postes of my doores.

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34 For he that findeth me, findeth life, and shall obteine fauour of the Lord.

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35 But he that sinneth against me, hurteth his owne soule: and all that hate me, loue death.

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