Good Things Come From Wisdom
1My son, accept my words.
Store up my commands inside you.
2Let your ears listen to wisdom.
Apply your heart to understanding.
3Call out for the ability to be wise.
Cry out for understanding.
4Look for it as you would look for silver.
Search for it as you would search for hidden treasure.
5Then you will understand how to have respect for the Lord.
You will find out how to know God.
6The Lord gives wisdom.
Knowledge and understanding come from his mouth.
7He stores up success for honest people.
He is like a shield to those who live without blame. He keeps them safe.
8He guards the path of those who are honest.
He watches over the way of his faithful ones.
9You will understand what is right and honest and fair.
You will understand the right way to live.
10Your heart will become wise.
Your mind will delight in knowledge.
11Good sense will keep you safe.
Understanding will guard you.
12Wisdom will save you from the ways of evil men.
It will save you from men who twist their words.
13Men like that leave the straight paths
to walk in dark ways.
14They take delight in doing what is wrong.
They take joy in twisting everything around.
15Their paths are crooked.
Their ways are not straight.
16Wisdom will save you from a woman who commits adultery.
It will save you from a sinful wife and her tempting words.
17She leaves the man she married when she was young.
She breaks the promise she made to her God.
18Her house leads down to death.
Her paths lead to the spirits of the dead.
19No one who goes to her comes back
or reaches the paths of life.
20You will walk in the ways of good people.
You will follow the paths of those who do right.
21Honest people will live in the land.
Those who are without blame will remain in it.
22But sinners will be cut off from the land.
Those who aren't faithful will be torn away from it.