(A)Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;
For if you cry for discernment,
[a]Lift your voice for understanding;
If you seek her as (B)silver
And search for her as for (C)hidden treasures;
Then you will discern the (D)fear of the Lord
And discover the knowledge of God.
For (E)the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a (F)shield to those who walk in integrity,
Guarding the paths of justice,
And He (G)preserves the way of His godly ones.
Then you will discern (H)righteousness and justice
And equity and every (I)good course.
10 For (J)wisdom will enter your heart
And (K)knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 Discretion will (L)guard you,
Understanding will watch over you,
12 To (M)deliver you from the way of evil,
From the man who speaks (N)perverse things;

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  1. Proverbs 2:3 Lit Give