The Benefits of Wisdom
1My child, if you will receive#Or “take, seize” my sayings,
and hide my commands with you,
2in order to incline your ear toward wisdom,
then you shall apply your heart to understanding.
3For if you cry out for understanding,#Or “call to understanding”
if you lift#Or “carry, give” your voice for insight,
4if you seek her like silver
and search her out like treasure,#Literally “like the treasures”
5then you will understand the fear of Yahweh,
and the knowledge of God you will find.
6For Yahweh will give wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7For the upright, he stores#Or “hides, keeps” sound judgment, a shield for those who walk uprightly,
8in order to guard paths of justice
and keep#Or “preserve, guard, watch” the way of his faithful ones.
9Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and uprightness—every good course—
10for wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasing to your soul.#Or “inner self”
11Discretion will watch over you;
understanding will protect you,
12in order to deliver you from the way of evil,#Or “evildoer”
from a man who speaks devious things—
13those who forsake the paths of uprightness
to walk in ways of darkness,
14those who are happy to do evil,
for they delight in the deviousness of evil,
15who are crooked in their ways,#Literally “that in their ways are crooked”
and devious in their paths;
16in order to deliver you from a strange woman,
from a foreign woman who flatters#Or “makes smooth” with her sayings,
17she who forsakes the partner of her youth
and has forgotten the covenant of her God,
18for her house sinks to death,
and to the dead#Or “Rephaim” are her paths.
19Of all who go to her, none shall return,
nor do they reach paths of life.
20So that you will walk on the road of those who are good,
and the paths of those who are righteous you shall keep.
21For those who are upright will dwell in the land,#Or “earth”
and those who are blameless#Or “innocent” will remain in it.
22And those who are wicked will be cut off from the land,
and those who are treacherous will be uprooted from it.