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My son, if you accept my wordsf

and store up my commands within you,

listening closelyA to wisdom

and directing your heart to understanding;

furthermore, if you call out to insight

and lift your voice to understanding,

if you seek it like silver

and search for it like hidden treasure,g

then you will understand the fear of the Lord

and discover the knowledge of God.

For the Lord gives wisdom;

from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.h

He stores up successB for the upright;

He is a shield for those who live with integrityi

so that he may guard the paths of justice

and protect the way of his faithful followers.j

Then you will understand righteousness, justice,

and integrity—every good path.

10 For wisdom will enter your heart,

and knowledge will delight you.

11 Discretion will watch over you,

and understanding will guard you.k

12 It will rescue you from the way of evil—

from anyone who says perverse things,

13 from those who abandon the right paths

to walk in ways of darkness,l

14 from those who enjoy doing evilm

and celebrate perversion,

15 whose paths are crooked,n

and whose ways are devious.o

16 It will rescue you from a forbidden woman,p

from a wayward woman with her flattering talk,q

17 who abandons the companion of her youthr

and forgets the covenant of her God;

18 for her house sinks down to death

and her ways to the land of the departed spirits.s

19 None return who go to her;

none reach the paths of life.t

20 So follow the way of the good,u

and keep to the paths of the righteous.

21 For the upright will inhabit the land,

and those of integrity will remain in it;v

22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,w

and the treacherous ripped out of it.x


About Christian Standard Bible

The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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