Benefits of wisdom
1My son, accept my words
and store up my commands.
2Turn your ear toward wisdom,
and stretch your mind toward understanding.
3Call out for insight,
and cry aloud for understanding.
4Seek it like silver;
search for it like hidden treasure.
5Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
and discover the knowledge of God.
6The Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7He reserves ability for those with integrity.
He is a shield for those who live a blameless life.
8He protects the paths of justice
and guards the way of those who are loyal to him.
9Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
as well as integrity, every good course.
10Wisdom will enter your mind,
and knowledge will fill you with delight.
11Discretion will guard you;
understanding will protect you.
12Wisdom will rescue you from the evil path,
from people who twist their words.
13They forsake the way of integrity
and go on obscure paths.
14They enjoy doing evil,
rejoicing in their twisted evil.
15Their paths are confused;
they get lost on their way.
16Wisdom will rescue you from the mysterious woman,
from the foreign woman with her slick words.
17She leaves behind the partner of her youth;
she even forgets her covenant with God.
18Her house sinks down to death,
and her paths go down to the shadowy dead.
19All those who go to her will never return;
they will never again reach the ways of the living.
20So you should stay on the path of good people,
guarding the road of the righteous.
21Those who have integrity will dwell in the land;
the innocent will remain in it.
22But the wicked will be cut off from the land,
and the treacherous will be ripped up.