Proverbs 2

1My son, if thou will receive my words, and lay up my commandments with thee, 2so as to incline thine ear to wisdom, and apply thy heart to understanding, 3yea, if thou cry after discernment, and lift up thy voice for understanding, 4if thou seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures, 5then thou shall understand the fear of Jehovah, and find the knowledge of God. 6For Jehovah gives wisdom. Out of his mouth is knowledge and understanding. 7He lays up sound wisdom for the upright, a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8that he may guard the paths of justice, and preserve the way of his sanctified. 9Then thou shall understand righteousness and justice and equity, yea, every good path. 10For wisdom shall enter into thy heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant to thy soul, 11discretion shall watch over thee, understanding shall keep thee, 12to deliver thee from the way of evil, from the men who speak perverse things, 13who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, 14who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the perverseness of evil, 15who are crooked in their ways, and wayward in their paths, 16to deliver thee from the interloping woman, even from the stranger who flatters with her words, 17who forsakes the companion of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God 18(for her house inclines to death, and her paths to the dead; 19none who go to her return again, nor do they attain to the paths of life), 20that thou may 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 land, and the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.
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