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Seek Treasures of Wisdom

My son, if you accept my words
    and treasure my mitzvot within you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom,
    inclining your heart to discernment,
yes, if you call out for insight,
    lifting up your voice for discernment,
if you seek her as silver
    and search for her as for hidden treasures,
then you will know the fear of Adonai
and discover the knowledge of God.
For Adonai gives wisdom.[a]
Out of His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright.
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity.
He guards the paths of justice,
and protects the way of His kedoshim.
Then you will discern what is right
    and just and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will watch over you
—discernment will guard you—
12 to deliver you from the way of evil,
    from those speaking perverse things,
13 who leave the straight paths
    to walk in ways of darkness,
14 who rejoice in doing wrong
    and delight in the perversity of evil,
15 whose paths are crooked
    and are devious in their ways—
16 to deliver you from a seducing woman—
    a wayward wife with seductive words,
17 who forsakes the partner of her youth
    and forgets the covenant of her God.
18 For her house sinks down to death
and her tracks to the dead.
19 None who go to her return
nor reach the paths of life.
20 So you will walk in the way of good men
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will dwell in the land
and the blameless will remain in it.
22 But the wicked will be cut off from the land
and the treacherous uprooted from it.


  1. Proverbs 2:6 cf. Jacob 1:5.