2 My ·child [or son], ·listen to [grasp] what I say and ·remember [L store up] what I command you. 2 ·Listen carefully [L Bend your ear] to wisdom; ·set your mind on [L stretch your heart to] understanding. 3 Cry out for wisdom, and ·beg [shout out loud] for understanding. 4 ·Search [Seek] for it like silver, and ·hunt [search] for it like hidden treasure. 5 Then you will understand ·respect [fear; awe; 1:7] for the Lord, and you will find ·that you know God [the knowledge of God]. 6 Only the Lord gives wisdom; ·he gives [L from his mouth comes] knowledge and understanding. 7 He stores up ·wisdom [resourcefulness] for those who ·are honest [have integrity]. Like a shield he protects the innocent. 8 He ·makes sure that justice is done [L guards the path of justice], and he protects those who are loyal to him.
9 Then you will understand what is ·honest [righteous] and ·fair [just] and what is ·the good and right thing to do [L virtuous, every good course/path]. 10 Wisdom will ·come into your mind [penetrate your heart], and knowledge will be ·pleasing [attractive] to you. 11 ·Good sense [Discretion] will protect you; understanding will guard you. 12 It will keep you from the ·wicked [L evil path], from those whose words are ·bad [perverted; twisted], 13 who ·don’t do what is right [L abandoned the road of integrity] but ·what is evil [L go on dark paths]. 14 They enjoy doing wrong and are happy ·to do what is crooked and [L with their twisted] evil. 15 What they do is ·wrong [confused], and ·their ways are dishonest [L they go on wrong courses].
16 It [C Wisdom] will save you from the ·unfaithful wife [L strange woman] ·who tries to lead you into adultery [L from the foreign woman] with ·pleasing words [flattery; compliments]. 17 She leaves ·the husband she married when she was young [L the intimate relationship of her youth]. She ·ignores [forgets] ·the promise she made before [L her covenant with] God. 18 Her house ·is on the way [L sinks down] to death; ·those who took that path are now all dead [or her paths come down to her dead ancestors]. 19 No one who goes to her comes back or walks the path of life again.
20 ·But wisdom will help you be good [or Stay on the path of good people] and ·do what is right [guard the road of the righteous]. 21 Those who ·are honest [have integrity/virtue] will live in the land, and those who are ·innocent [blameless] will remain in it. 22 But the wicked will be ·removed [L cut off] from the land, and the unfaithful will be ·thrown out of [L uprooted from] it.
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