World English Bible
Proverbs, Chapter 2

   1: My son, if you will receive my words, And store up my commandments within you;
   2: So as to turn your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding;
   3: Yes, if you call out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding;
   4: If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures:
   5: Then you will understand the fear of Yahweh, And find the knowledge of God.
   6: For Yahweh gives wisdom. Out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
   7: He lays up sound wisdom for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity;
   8: That he may guard the paths of justice, And preserve the way of his saints.
   9: Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path.
   10: For wisdom will enter into your heart. Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
   11: Discretion will watch over you. Understanding will keep you,
   12: To deliver you from the way of evil, From the men who 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 you from the strange woman, Even from the foreigner who flatters with her words;
   17: Who forsakes the friend of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God:
   18: For her house leads down to death, Her paths to the dead.
   19: None who go to her return again, Neither do they attain to the paths of life:
   20: That you may walk in the way of good men, And keep the paths of the righteous.
   21: For the upright will dwell in the land. The perfect will remain in it.
   22: But the wicked will be cut off from the land. The treacherous will be rooted out of it.

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