CHAPTER 2 The Blessings of Wisdom[K] 2 1My son, if you receive my words and treasure my commands, 2Turning your ear to wisdom,[L] inclining your heart to understanding; 3Yes, if you call for intelligence, and to understanding raise your voice; 4If you seek her like silver, and like hidden treasures search her out, 5Then will you understand the fear of the LORD; the knowledge of God you will find; 6For the LORD gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7He has success in store for the upright, is the shield of those who walk honestly, 8Guarding the paths of justice, protecting the way of his faithful ones, 9Then you will understand what is right and just, what is fair, every good path; 10For wisdom will enter your heart, knowledge will be at home in your soul, 11Discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you; 12[M] Saving you from the way of the wicked, from those whose speech is perverse. 13From those who have left the straight paths to walk in the ways of darkness, 14Who delight in doing evil and celebrate perversity; 15Whose ways are crooked, whose paths are devious; 16[N] Saving you from a stranger, from a foreign woman with her smooth words, 17One who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God; 18For her path sinks down to death, and her footsteps lead to the shades.[O] 19None who enter there come back, or gain the paths of life. 20Thus you may walk in the way of the good, and keep to the paths of the just. 21[P] For the upright will dwell in the land, people of integrity will remain in it; 22But the wicked will be cut off from the land, the faithless will be rooted out of it.
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