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 3:21Mt 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 84:11Pr 10:9|NoBook| 20:7|NoBook| 28:18|NoBook| 30:5
8so that He may guard the paths of justice
and protect the way of His loyal followers. #1Sm 2:9Ps 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|NoBook| 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 82:5Pr 15:19|NoBook| 16:17Jn 3:19
14from those who enjoy doing evil #Pr 10:23
and celebrate perversion,
15whose paths are crooked, #Ps 125:5Pr 21:8
and whose ways are devious. #Pr 3:32|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 6:24|NoBook| 7:5|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 9:18|NoBook| 21:16
19None return who go to her;
none reach the paths of life. #Ps 16:11Pr 5:6|NoBook| 7:523:27-28Ec 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 10:30Mt 5:5-6
22but the wicked will be cut off from the land, #Ps 37:38
and the treacherous uprooted from it. #Dt 28:63Ps 52:5
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