The Pursuit of Wisdom Brings Security

1 My son, if you will 1receive my words And 2treasure my commandments within you,
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2 3Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;
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3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;
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    • a 2:3 - Lit "Give"
      4 If you seek her as 4silver And search for her as for 5hidden treasures;
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      5 Then you will discern the 6fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.
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      6 For 7the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
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      7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a 8shield to those who walk in integrity,
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      8 Guarding the paths of justice, And He 9preserves the way of His godly ones.
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      9 Then you will discern 10righteousness and justice And equity and every 11good course.
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      10 For 12wisdom will enter your heart And 13knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
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      11 Discretion will 14guard you, Understanding will watch over you,
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      12 To 15deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks 16perverse things;
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      13 From those who 17leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the 18ways of darkness;
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      14 Who 19delight in doing evil And rejoice in the perversity of evil;
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      15 Whose paths are 20crooked, And who are devious in their ways;
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      16 To 21deliver you from the strange woman, From the 22adulteress who flatters with her words;
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      17 That leaves the 23companion of her youth And forgets the 24covenant of her God;
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      18 For 25her house sinks down to death And her tracks lead to the dead;
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        • c 2:18 - Lit "bows down"
        • d 2:18 - Lit "departed spirits"
          19 None * 26who go to her return again, Nor do they reach the 27paths of life.
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          20 So you will 28walk in the way of good men And keep to the 29paths of the righteous.
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          21 For 30the upright will live in the land And 31the blameless will remain in it;
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          22 But 32the wicked will be cut off from the land And 33the treacherous will be 34uprooted from it.