Listen to Wisdom
1My son, pay attention to what I say. Remember my commands. 2Listen to wisdom, and do your best to understand. 3Ask for good judgment. Cry out for understanding. 4Look for wisdom like silver. Search for it like hidden treasure. 5If you do this, you will understand what it means to respect the Lord, and you will come to know God.
6The Lord is the source of wisdom; knowledge and understanding come from his mouth. 7He gives good advice to honest people and shields those who do what is right. 8He makes sure that people are treated fairly. He watches over his loyal followers.
9If you listen to him, you will understand what is just and fair and how to do what is right. 10You will gain wisdom, and knowledge will bring you joy.
11Planning ahead will protect you, and understanding will guard you. 12These will keep you from following the wrong path and will protect you from those who have evil plans. 13Such people have left the straight path and now walk in darkness. 14They enjoy doing evil and are happy with the confusion it brings. 15Their ways are crooked; they lie and cheat.
16Wisdom will save you from that other woman, another man’s wife, who tempts you with sweet words. 17She married when she was young, but then she left her husband. She forgot the marriage vows she made before God. 18Going into her house leads to death. She will lead you to the grave. 19All who enter lose their life and never return.
20Wisdom will help you follow the example of good people and stay on the right path. 21Honest people will live in the land, and those who do right will remain there. 22But the wicked will be forced to leave. Those who lie and cheat will be thrown out of the land.