My son,1 if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding2--
indeed, if you call out for insight3 and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,45
then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.56
For the LORD gives wisdom;6 from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.77
He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield8 to those whose walk is blameless,98
for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.109
Then you will understand11 what is right and just and fair--every good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart,12 and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.1312
Wisdom will save14 you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse,
who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways,1514
who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,1615
whose paths are crooked17 and who are devious in their ways.1816
Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,19 from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.a2018
Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.2119
None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.2220
Thus you will walk in the ways of the just and keep to the paths of the righteous.
For the upright will live in the land,23 and the blameless will remain in it;
but the wicked24 will be cut off from the land,25 and the unfaithful will be torn from it.26