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Wisdom’s Worth
1My son, if you accept my words#Pr 4:10
and store up my commands within you,
2listening closely#2:2 Lit you, stretching out your ear to wisdom
and directing your heart to understanding;
3furthermore, if you call out to insight
and lift your voice to understanding,
4if you seek it like silver
and search for it like hidden treasure,#Jb 3:21; Mt 13:44
5then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and discover the knowledge of God.
6For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.#Jb 32:8
7He stores up success#2:7 Or resourcefulness for the upright;
He is a shield for those who live with integrity#Ps 84:11; Pr 10:9; 20:7; 28:18; 30:5
8so that he may guard the paths of justice
and protect the way of his faithful followers.#1Sm 2:9; Ps 66:9
9Then you will understand righteousness, justice,
and integrity — every good path.
10For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will delight you.
11Discretion will watch over you,
and understanding will guard you.#Pr 4:6; 6:22
12It will rescue you from the way of evil —
from anyone who says perverse things,
13from those who abandon the right paths
to walk in ways of darkness,#Ps 82:5; Pr 15:19; 16:17; Jn 3:19,20
14from those who enjoy doing evil#Pr 10:23
and celebrate perversion,
15whose paths are crooked,#Ps 125:5; Pr 21:8
and whose ways are devious.#Pr 3:32; 14:2
16It will rescue you from a forbidden woman,#Pr 9:13-18
from a wayward woman with her flattering talk,#Pr 5:3,20; 6:24; 7:5,21; 23:27
17who abandons the companion of her youth#Mal 2:14-15
and forgets the covenant of her God;
18for her house sinks down to death
and her ways to the land of the departed spirits.#Pr 7:27; 9:18; 21:16
19None return who go to her;
none reach the paths of life.#Ps 16:11; Pr 5:6; 7:5,21-27; 23:27-28; Ec 7:26
20So follow the way of the good,#Heb 6:12
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21For the upright will inhabit the land,
and those of integrity will remain in it;#Pr 10:30; Mt 5:5-6
22but the wicked will be cut off from the land,#Ps 37:38
and the treacherous ripped out of it.#Dt 28:63; Ps 52:5