Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.115
She is more precious than rubies;2 nothing you desire can compare with her.316
Long life is in her right hand;4 in her left hand are riches and honor.517
Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.618
She is a tree of life7 to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.819
By wisdom9 the LORD laid the earth's foundations,10 by understanding he set the heavens11 in place;
by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
My son,12 preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;1322
they will be life for you,14 an ornament to grace your neck.1523
Then you will go on your way in safety,16 and your foot will not stumble;1724
when you lie down,18 you will not be afraid;19 when you lie down, your sleep20 will be sweet.
Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
for the LORD will be your confidence21 and will keep your foot22 from being snared.2327
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.