y son, if thou wilt receive my words, and store up my
commandments with thee;
. .2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine
heart to understanding;
. .3 Yea, if thou criest after discernment, and liftest up thy voice
. .4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for
. .5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find
knowledge of God.
. .6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh
. .7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler
to them that walk uprightly.
. .8 He keepeth the paths of justice, and preserveth the way of
. .9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and justice, and
equity; yea, every good path.
For wisdom shall enter into thine heart, and knowledge shall
pleasant unto thy soul;
. .11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
. .12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man
that speaketh froward things;
. .13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of
. .14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the
. .15 Whose ways are crooked, and who are froward in their paths:
. .16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger
which flattereth with her words;
. .17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the
covenant of her God.
. .18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the
. .19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of
the paths of life.
. .20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the
paths of the righteous.
. .21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the blameless shall
remain in it.
. .22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the
treacherous shall be rooted out of it.