Proverbs 2 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My son, accept my words. Store up my commands inside you. 1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
2 Let your ears listen to wisdom. Apply your heart to understanding. 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding,
3 Call out for the ability to be wise. Cry out for understanding. 3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
4 Look for it as you would look for silver. Search for it as you would search for hidden treasure. 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 Then you will understand how to have respect for the Lord. You will find out how to know God. 5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
6 The LORD gives wisdom. Knowledge and understanding come from his mouth. 6 For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He stores up success for honest people. He is like a shield to those who live without blame. He keeps them safe. 7 He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 He guards the path of those who are honest. He watches over the way of his faithful ones. 8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
9 You will understand what is right and honest and fair. You will understand the right way to live. 9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair--every good path.
10 Your heart will become wise. Your mind will delight in knowledge. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Good sense will keep you safe. Understanding will guard you. 11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of evil men. It will save you from men who twist their words. 12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse,
13 Men like that leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways. 13 who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways,
14 They take delight in doing what is wrong. They take joy in twisting everything around. 14 who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15 Their paths are crooked. Their ways are not straight. 15 whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.
16 Wisdom will save you from a woman who commits adultery. It will save you from a sinful wife and her tempting words. 16 It will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words,
17 She leaves the man she married when she was young. She breaks the promise she made to her God. 17 who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.
18 Her house leads down to death. Her paths lead to the spirits of the dead. 18 For her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
19 No one who goes to her comes back or reaches the paths of life. 19 None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.
20 You will walk in the ways of good people. You will follow the paths of those who do right. 20 Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 Honest people will live in the land. Those who are without blame will remain in it. 21 For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it;
22 But sinners will be cut off from the land. Those who aren't faithful will be torn away from it. 22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.