2 My son, if you receive my words, And atreasure my commands within you,
And apply your heart to understanding;
And lift up your voice for understanding,
4 bIf you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 cThen you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
6 dFor the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
eHe is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
And fpreserves the way of His saints.
Equity and every good path.
And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
gUnderstanding will keep you,
From the man who speaks perverse things,
To hwalk in the ways of darkness;
14 iWho rejoice in doing evil,
And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
15 jWhose ways are crooked,
And who are devious in their paths;
16 To deliver you from kthe immoral woman,
lFrom the seductress who flatters with her words,
And forgets the covenant of her God.
And her paths to the dead;
Nor do they 2regain the paths of life—
And keep to the paths of righteousness.
21 For the upright will dwell in the nland,
And the blameless will remain in it;
And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.
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