The Pursuit of Wisdom Brings Security
2 My son, if you will receive my words
And treasure my commandments within you,
So that your ear is attentive to [skillful and godly] wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding [seeking it conscientiously and striving for it eagerly];
Yes, if you cry out for insight,
And lift up your voice for understanding;
If you seek skillful and godly wisdom as you would silver
And search for her as you would hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome]
And discover the knowledge of God.(A)
For the Lord gives [skillful and godly] wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He stores away sound wisdom for the righteous [those who are in right standing with Him];
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity [those of honorable character and moral courage],
He guards the paths of justice;
And He preserves the way of His saints (believers).(B)
Then you will understand righteousness and justice [in every circumstance]
And integrity and every good path.
For [skillful and godly] wisdom will enter your heart
And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will watch over you,
Understanding and discernment will guard you,
To keep you from the way of evil and the evil man,
From the man who speaks perverse things;
From those who leave the paths of uprightness
To walk in the ways of darkness;
Who find joy in doing evil
And delight in the perversity of evil,
Whose paths are crooked,
And who are devious in their ways;
To keep you from the immoral woman;
From the seductress with her flattering words,(C)
Who leaves the companion (husband) of her youth,
And forgets the covenant of her God.
For her house leads down to death
And her paths lead to the dead;
None who go to her return again,
Nor do they regain the paths of life—
So you will walk in the way of good men [that is, those of personal integrity, moral courage and honorable character],
And keep to the paths of the righteous.
For the upright [those who are in right standing with God] will live in the land
And those [of integrity] who are blameless [in God’s sight] will remain in it;
But the wicked will be cut off from the land
And the treacherous shall be [forcibly] uprooted and removed from it.
King James Version
2 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.