The Pursuit of Wisdom Brings Security

1 My son, if you will 1receive my words And 2treasure my commandments within you,
3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;
4 If you seek her as 4silver And search for her as for 5hidden treasures;
5 Then you will discern the 6fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.
6 For 7the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a 8shield to those who walk in integrity,
8 Guarding the paths of justice, And He 9preserves the way of His godly ones.
10 For 12wisdom will enter your heart And 13knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 Discretion will 14guard you, Understanding will watch over you,
12 To 15deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks 16perverse things;
13 From those who 17leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the 18ways of darkness;
14 Who 19delight in doing evil And rejoice in the perversity of evil;
15 Whose paths are 20crooked, And who are devious in their ways;
16 To 21deliver you from the strange woman, From the 22adulteress who flatters with her words;
17 That leaves the 23companion of her youth And forgets the 24covenant of her God;
18 For 25her house sinks down to death And her tracks lead to the dead;
19 None * 26who go to her return again, Nor do they reach the 27paths of life.
20 So you will 28walk in the way of good men And keep to the 29paths of the righteous.
21 For 30the upright will live in the land And 31the blameless will remain in it;
22 But 32the wicked will be cut off from the land And 33the treacherous will be 34uprooted from it.