Wisdom’s Worth
1My son, if you accept my words # Pr 4:10
and store up my commands within you,
2listening closely # 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 # 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 loyal followers. # 1Sm 2:9; Ps 66:9
9Then you will understand righteousness, justice,
and integrity — every good path.
10For wisdom will enter your mind,
and knowledge will delight your heart.
11Discretion will watch over you,
and understanding will guard you, # Pr 4:6; 6:22
12rescuing you from the way of evil —
from the one 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 stranger # Or foreign 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 good people, # 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 uprooted from it. # Dt 28:63; Ps 52:5