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Proverbs 2 ASV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, And lay up my commandments with thee; 1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
2 So as to incline thine ear unto wisdom, And apply thy heart to understanding; 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding,
3 Yea, if thou cry after discernment, And lift up thy voice for understanding; 3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
4 If thou seek her as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures: 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of Jehovah, And find the knowledge of God. 5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
6 For Jehovah giveth wisdom; Out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding: 6 For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright; [He is] a shield to them that walk in integrity; 7 He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 That he may guard the paths of justice, And preserve the way of his saints. 8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness and justice, And equity, [yea], every good path. 9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair--every good path.
10 For wisdom shall enter into thy heart, And knowledge shall be pleasant unto thy soul; 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion shall watch over thee; Understanding shall keep thee: 11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
12 To deliver thee from the way of evil, From the men that speak perverse things; 12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse,
13 Who forsake the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness; 13 who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways,
14 Who rejoice to do evil, And delight in the perverseness of evil; 14 who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15 Who are crooked in their ways, And wayward in their paths: 15 whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.
16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, Even from the foreigner that flattereth with her words; 16 It will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words,
17 That forsaketh the friend of her youth, And forgetteth the covenant of her God: 17 who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.
18 For her house inclineth unto death, And her paths unto the dead; 18 For her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
19 None that go unto her return again, Neither do they attain unto the paths of life: 19 None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.
20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, And keep the paths of the righteous. 20 Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, And the perfect shall remain in it. 21 For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it;
22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, And the treacherous shall be rooted out of it. 22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.