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