Rewards of Wisdom
1My child, listen to what I say
and remember what I command you.
2Listen carefully to wisdom;
set your mind on understanding.
3Cry out for wisdom,
and beg for understanding.
4Search for it like silver,
and hunt for it like hidden treasure.
5Then you will understand respect for the Lord,
and you will find that you know God.
6Only the Lord gives wisdom;
he gives knowledge and understanding.
7He stores up wisdom for those who are honest.
Like a shield he protects the innocent.
8He makes sure that justice is done,
and he protects those who are loyal to him.
9Then you will understand what is honest and fair
and what is the good and right thing to do.
10Wisdom will come into your mind,
and knowledge will be pleasing to you.
11Good sense will protect you;
understanding will guard you.
12It will keep you from the wicked,
from those whose words are bad,
13who don’t do what is right
but what is evil.
14They enjoy doing wrong
and are happy to do what is crooked and evil.
15What they do is wrong,
and their ways are dishonest.
16It will save you from the unfaithful wife
who tries to lead you into adultery with pleasing words.
17She leaves the husband she married when she was young.
She ignores the promise she made before God.
18Her house is on the way to death;
those who took that path are now all dead.
19No one who goes to her comes back
or walks the path of life again.
20But wisdom will help you be good
and do what is right.
21Those who are honest will live in the land,
and those who are innocent will remain in it.
22But the wicked will be removed from the land,
and the unfaithful will be thrown out of it.