Proverbs 21 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, And lay up my commandments with thee; 2 So as to incline thine ear unto wisdom, And apply thy heart to understanding; 3 Yea, if thou cry after discernment, And lift up thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou seek her as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures: 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of Jehovah, And find the knowledge of God. 6 For Jehovah giveth wisdom; Out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding: 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright; ▼ He is a shield to them that walk in integrity; ▼
▼ 1) Or, And a shield for etc8 ▼ That he may guard the paths of justice, ▼
▼ 2And preserve the way of his saints. ▼
▼ 1) Or That they may keep 2) Or Yea, he preserveth9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness and justice, And equity, yea , every good path. 10 For wisdom shall enter into thy heart, And knowledge shall be pleasant unto thy soul; 11 Discretion shall watch over thee; Understanding shall keep thee: 12 To deliver thee from the way of ▼ evil, From the men that speak perverse things; ▼
▼ 1) Or the evil man13 Who forsake the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness; 14 Who rejoice to do evil, And delight in the perverseness of ▼ evil; ▼
▼ 1) Or the evil man15 Who are crooked in their ways, And wayward in their paths: 16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, Even from the foreigner that ▼ flattereth with her words; ▼
▼ 1) Heb maketh smooth her words17 That forsaketh the ▼ friend of her youth, And forgetteth the covenant of her God: ▼
▼ 1) Or guide18 For ▼ her house inclineth unto death, And her paths unto ▼
▼ 2the dead; ▼
▼ 1) Or she sinketh down unto death, which is her house 2) Or the shades ; Heb Rephaim19 None that go unto her return again, Neither do they attain unto the paths of life: 20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, And keep the paths of the righteous. 21 For the upright shall dwell in the ▼ land, And the perfect shall remain in it. ▼
▼ 1) Or earth22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, ▼ And the treacherous shall be rooted out of it. ▼
▼ 1) Or earth
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