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The Benefit of Wisdom

My son, 

if you take my words ⸤to heart⸥ 

and treasure my commands within you, 

if you pay close attention to wisdom, 

and let your mind reach for understanding, 

if indeed you call out for insight, 

if you ask aloud for understanding, 

if you search for wisdom as if it were money 

and hunt for it as if it were hidden treasure, 

then you will understand the fear of the Lord 

and you will find the knowledge of God. 

The Lord gives wisdom. 

From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 

He has reserved priceless wisdom for decent people. 

He is a shield for those who walk in integrity 

in order to guard those on paths of justice 

and to watch over the way of his godly ones. 

Then you will understand what is right and just and fair— 

every good course ⸤in life⸥. 

10  Wisdom will come into your heart. 

Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 

11  Foresight will protect you. 

Understanding will guard you. 

12  ⸤Wisdom will⸥ save you 

from the way of evil, 

from the person who speaks devious things, 

13  from those who abandon the paths of righteousness 

to walk the ways of darkness, 

14  from those who enjoy doing evil, 

from those who find joy in the deviousness of evil. 

15  Their paths are crooked. 

Their ways are devious. 

16  ⸤Wisdom will⸥ also save you 

from an adulterous woman, 

from a loose woman with her smooth talk, 

17  who leaves ⸤her husband,⸥ the closest friend of her youth, 

and forgets her marriage vows to her God. 

18  Her house sinks down to death. 

Her ways lead to the souls of the dead. 

19  None who have sex with her come back. 

Nor do they ever reach the paths of life. 

20  So walk in the way of good people 

and stay on the paths of righteous people. 

21  Decent people will live in the land. 

People of integrity will remain in it. 

22  But wicked people will be cut off from the land 

and treacherous people will be torna from it. 


About GOD’S WORD Translation

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) communicates the saving, life-changing Good News about Jesus in clear, natural English. Translated directly from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek by a committee of scholars, GOD’S WORD is an exceptional Bible that consciously combines scholarly fidelity with natural English.

By implementing the translation principles of Closest Natural Equivalence, the translation committee seeks to translate the best available texts into English with the closest possible accuracy. This commitment to accurately translating the Bible includes expressing the meaning naturally and in a style that preserves the characteristics of the source text.

The combination of accuracy and readability makes GOD’S WORD ideally suited for the following:

Devotional reading and in-depth study

Preaching, teaching, and worship




Scripture references from GOD’S WORD are used by permission. Copyright 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. All rights reserved.

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For quotation of over 500 verses and/or questions about these policies, contact God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society, P.O. Box 26343, Cleveland, Ohio 44126-0343, U.S.A.

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