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Searching for Wisdom

My child, will you treasure my wisdom?
    Then, and only then, will you acquire it.
    And only if you accept my advice
    and hide it within will you succeed.
So train your heart to listen when I speak
    and open your spirit wide to expand your discernment—
    then pass it on to your sons and daughters.[a]
Yes, cry out for comprehension and intercede for insight.
For if you keep seeking it like a man would seek for sterling silver,
    searching in hidden places for cherished treasure,
then you will discover the fear of the Lord
    and find the true knowledge of God.
Wisdom is a gift from a generous God,
    and every word he speaks is full of revelation
    and becomes a fountain of understanding within you.[b]
7–8 For the Lord has a hidden storehouse of wisdom
    made accessible to his godly ones.[c]
    He becomes your personal bodyguard as you follow his ways,
    protecting and guarding you as you choose what is right.
Then you will discover all that is just, proper, and fair,
    and be empowered to make the right decisions
    as you walk into your destiny.
10 When wisdom wins your heart and revelation breaks in,
    true pleasure enters your soul.
11 If you choose to follow good counsel,
    divine design will watch over you
    and understanding will protect you
    from making poor choices.
12 It will rescue you from evil in disguise
    and from those who speak duplicities.
13 For they have left the paths of righteousness
    and walk in the ways of darkness.
14 They take pleasure when evil prospers
    and thoroughly enjoy a lifestyle of sin.
15 But they’re walking on a path to nowhere,
    wandering away into deeper deception.

Wisdom, the Way of the Pure

16 Only wisdom can save you from the flattery
    of the promiscuous woman—
    she’s such a smooth-talking seductress!
17 She left her husband and has forgotten her wedding vows.[d]
18 You’ll find her house on the road to hell,
19 and all the men who go through her doors
    will never come back to the place they were—
    they will find nothing but desolation and despair.
20 Follow those who follow wisdom and stay on the right path.
21 For all my godly lovers will enjoy life to the fullest
    and will inherit their destinies.[e]
22 But the treacherous ones who love darkness
    will lose not only all they could have had,
    but even their own souls!


  1. 2:2 As translated from the Septuagint.
  2. 2:6 The Septuagint adds “found in his presence.”
  3. 2:7–8 Or “the righteous.”
  4. 2:17 Clearly this is a warning to those who would commit adultery, but there is a deeper meaning within this text. Proverbs tells us of two women: the adulteress and the virtuous woman of Prov. 31. Both women speak a parable of two systems in the church. One is religious and alluring, tempting the young anointed ones to come to her “bed” of compromise (see Mark 7:13). The other is the holy bride, virtuous and pure, keeping her first love (“wedding vows”) for Christ alone. Her “house” is the house of the Lord (see Prov. 2:18). One system brings shame and despair; the other brings favor, honor, and glory. It is wisdom that protects us from one and unites us to the other. See Jer. 50–52 and Rev. 17–18.
  5. 2:21 Literally “shall dwell in the land.”

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