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Doeth not Wisedome crie?
& Understanding put foorth her voice?
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Shee standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the pathes.
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She cryeth at the gates, at the entrie of the citie, at the comming in at the doores.
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Unto you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sonnes of man.
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O yee simple, vnderstand wisedome: and yee fooles, be yee of an vnderstanding heart.
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Heare, for I will speake of excellent things: and the opening of my lippes shalbe right things.
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For my mouth shall speake truth, and wickednesse is an abomination to my lippes.
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All the words of my mouth are in righteousnes, there is nothing froward or peruerse in them.
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They are all plaine to him that vnderstandeth: and right to them that find knowledge.
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Receiue my instruction, and not siluer: and knowledge rather then choise gold.
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For wisedome is better then rubies: and all the things that may be desired, are not to be compared to it.
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I wisedome dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inuentions.
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The feare of the Lord is to hate euill: pride and arrogancie, and the euill way, and the froward mouth doe I hate.
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Counsell is mine, and sound wisedome: I am vnderstanding, I haue strength.
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By me kings reigne, and princes decree iustice.
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By me Princes rule, and Nobles, euen all the Iudges of the earth.
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I loue them that loue me, and those that seeke me early, shall find me.
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Riches and honour are with me, yea durable riches and righteousnesse.
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My fruite is better then gold, yea then fine gold, and my reuenue then choise siluer.
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I leade in the way of righteousnesse, in the midst of the pathes of iudgment.
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That I may cause those that loue me, to inherite substance: and I will fill their treasures.
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The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
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I was set vp from euerlasting, from the beginning, or euer the earth was.
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When there were no depthes, I was brought forth: when there were no fountaines abounding with water.
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Before the mountaines were setled: before the hilles, was I brought foorth:
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While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
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When hee prepared the heauens, I was there: when he set a compasse vpon the face of the depth.
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When he established the cloudes aboue: when he strengthned the fountaines of the deepe.
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When he gaue to the sea his decree, that the waters should not passe his commandement: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
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Then I was by him, as one brought vp with him: and I was daily his delight, reioycing alwayes before him:
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Reioycing in the habitable part of his earth, and my delights were with the sonnes of men.
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Nowe therefore hearken vnto me, O yee children: for blessed are they that keepe my wayes.
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Heare instruction, and bee wise, and refuse it not.
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Blessed is the man that heareth me: watching daily at my gates, waiting at the postes of my doores.
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For whoso findeth mee, findeth life, and shall obtaine fauour of the Lord.
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But hee that sinneth against me, wrongeth his owne soule;
all they that hate me, loue death.