1My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;2So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;3Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;4If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;5Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.6For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.7He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.8He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.9Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea , every good path.10When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;11Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:12To deliver thee from the way of the evil man , from the man that speaketh froward things;13Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;14Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;15Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:16To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;17Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.18For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.19None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.20That thou mayest walk in the way of good men , and keep the paths of the righteous.21For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.22But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
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The Value of Wisdom
1My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, (Pr 1:8; Pr 4:1; Pr 4:10; Pr 4:20; Pr 7:1)2making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;3yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, (Pr 4:1; Pr 4:5; Pr 4:7)4if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, (Job 3:21; Pr 3:14; Mt 13:44)5then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. (Ps 25:14; Joh 7:17; Joh 14:21)6For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; (Job 32:8)7he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, (Ps 3:3; Ps 84:11; Pr 30:5)8guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. (1Sa 2:9; Ps 30:4; Ps 66:9; Ps 97:10)9Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; (Pr 1:3; Pr 2:5)10for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;11discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, (Pr 1:4; Pr 6:22)12delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech,13who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, (Ps 82:5; Joh 3:19)14who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil, (Ps 50:18; Pr 10:23; Jer 11:15; Ro 1:32)15men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways. (Ps 125:5; Pr 3:32; Pr 14:2; Pr 21:8)16So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words, (Ps 5:9; Pr 6:24; Pr 7:5; Pr 23:27)17who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God; (Ps 55:13; Jer 3:4; Mal 2:14)18for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed; (Pr 7:27)19none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life.20So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.21For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it, (Pr 10:30)22but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it. (De 28:63; Ps 37:38; Ps 52:5; Pr 15:25)