American Standard Version
Proverbs, Chapter 2

   1: My son, if thou wilt receive my words, And lay up my commandments with thee;
   2: So as to incline thine ear unto wisdom, And apply thy heart to understanding;
   3: Yea, if thou cry after discernment, And lift up thy voice for understanding;
   4: If thou seek her as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures:
   5: Then shalt thou understand the fear of Jehovah, And find the knowledge of God.
   6: For Jehovah giveth wisdom; Out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding:
   7: He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright; [He is] a shield to them that walk in integrity;
   8: That he may guard the paths of justice, And preserve the way of his saints.
   9: Then shalt thou understand righteousness and justice, And equity, [yea], every good path.
   10: For wisdom shall enter into thy heart, And knowledge shall be pleasant unto thy soul;
   11: Discretion shall watch over thee; Understanding shall keep thee:
   12: To deliver thee from the way of evil, From the men that speak perverse things;
   13: Who forsake the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness;
   14: Who rejoice to do evil, And delight in the perverseness of evil;
   15: Who are crooked in their ways, And wayward in their paths:
   16: To deliver thee from the strange woman, Even from the foreigner that flattereth with her words;
   17: That forsaketh the friend of her youth, And forgetteth the covenant of her God:
   18: For her house inclineth unto death, And her paths unto the dead;
   19: None that go unto her return again, Neither do they attain unto 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 perfect shall remain in it.
   22: But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, And the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.

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