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Proverbs 2:1-22

2  My son, if you take what I say and lay up my commands in your mind, 2  Giving a listening ear to wisdom and directing your heart to intelligence, 3  If you call up discretion and to intelligence you raise your voice, 4  If you hunt for it as you would for silver and search for it as you would for buried treasure, 5  Then you shall understand the fear of Jehovah and find the knowledge of God, 6  Because Jehovah gives wisdom; out of his mouth come knowledge and intelligence; 7  He lays away sensible ideas for the upright, shields those who walk conscientiously, 8  Protecting law-abiding ways and guarding the road of the men of his friendship; 9  Then you shall understand right and justice and fair dealing, every good line, 10  Because wisdom shall come into your heart and knowledge be delicious to your soul; 11  Good judgment shall guard you, intelligence shall keep you, 12  Delivering you from a bad course, from men who talk mischief, 13  Those who leave straightforward ways to go on roads of darkness, 14*  Who are glad to do harm and exult in mischief to a friend, 15  Whose ways are crooked and they take dodging roads; 16  Delivering you from a stranger woman, a smooth-talking foreigner, 17  That leaves the mate of her girlhood and forgets the covenant of her god, 18*  For her house is sinking to death and her roads run to ghosts— 19  Any who go in to her will never come back nor reach the ways to life,— 20  In order that you may walk in good men’s path and keep to honest men’s ways, 21  Because straightforward men will people earth and conscientious men remain in it, 22  But wrong-doers will be extirpated from earth and faithless men torn out from it.


2:14 Codd.* mischief to a harmful man
2:18 Or reaches down to death