2:1 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,
2:2 making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;
2:3 yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
2:4 if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures;
2:5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
2:7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
2:8 guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of his saints.
2:9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;
2:10 for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
2:11 discretion will watch over you; understanding will guard you;
2:12 delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech,
2:13 who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,
2:14 who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil;
2:15 men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.
2:16 You will be saved from the loose woman, from the adventuress with her smooth words,
2:17 who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God;
2:18 for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the shades;
2:19 none who go to her come back nor do they regain the paths of life.
2:20 So you will walk in the way of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.
2:21 For the upright will inhabit the land, and men of integrity will remain in it;
2:22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.
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