My child, a listen to me and treasure my instructions.
Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.
Cry out for insight and understanding.
Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure.
Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God.
For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He grants a treasure of good sense to the godly. He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity.
He guards the paths of justice and protects those who are faithful to him.
Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will know how to find the right course of action every time.
For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.
Wise planning will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.
Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose speech is corrupt.
These people turn from right ways to walk down dark and evil paths.
They rejoice in doing wrong, and they enjoy evil as it turns things upside down.
What they do is crooked, and their ways are wrong.
Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the flattery of the adulterous woman.
She has abandoned her husband and ignores the covenant she made before God.
Entering her house leads to death; it is the road to hell. b19
The man who visits her is doomed. He will never reach the paths of life.
Follow the steps of good men instead, and stay on the paths of the righteous.
For only the upright will live in the land, and those who have integrity will remain in it.
But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be destroyed.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)