My son, if you will areceive my words And btreasure my commandments within you,
aMake your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;
For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;
If you seek her as asilver And search for her as for bhidden treasures;
Then you will discern the afear of the Lord And discover the knowledge of God.
For athe Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a ashield to those who walk in integrity,
Guarding the paths of justice, And He apreserves the way of His godly ones.
Then you will discern arighteousness and justice And equity and every bgood course.
For awisdom will enter your heart And bknowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
Discretion will aguard you, Understanding will watch over you,
To adeliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks bperverse things;
From those who aleave the paths of uprightness To walk in the bways of darkness;
Who adelight in doing evil And rejoice in the perversity of evil;
Whose paths are acrooked, And who are devious in their ways;
To adeliver you from the strange woman, From the badulteress who flatters with her words;
That leaves the acompanion of her youth And forgets the bcovenant of her God;
For aher house sinks down to death And her tracks lead to the dead;
None awho go to her return again, Nor do they reach the bpaths of life.
So you will awalk in the way of good men And keep to the bpaths of the righteous.
For athe upright will live in the land And bthe blameless will remain in it;
But athe wicked will be cut off from the land And bthe treacherous will be cuprooted from it.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.