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Proverbs 2:7-22 World English Bible (WEB)

He lays up sound wisdom for the upright.
    He is a shield to those who walk in integrity;
that he may guard the paths of justice,
    and preserve the way of his saints.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
    equity and every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter into your heart.
    Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will watch over you.
    Understanding will keep you,
12 to deliver you from the way of evil,
    from the men who speak perverse things;
13 who forsake the paths of uprightness,
    to walk in the ways of darkness;
14 who rejoice to do evil,
    and delight in the perverseness of evil;
15 who are crooked in their ways,
    and wayward in their paths:
16 To deliver you from the strange woman,
    even from the foreigner who flatters with her words;
17 who forsakes the friend of her youth,
    and forgets the covenant of her God:
18 for her house leads down to death,
    her paths to the departed spirits.
19 None who go to her return again,
    neither do they attain to the paths of life:
20 that you may walk in the way of good men,
    and keep the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will dwell in the land.
    The perfect will remain in it.
22 But the wicked will be cut off from the land.
    The treacherous will be rooted out of it.

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Proverbs 2:7-22 New International Version (NIV)

He holds success in store for the upright,
    he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
    and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Then you will understand 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 protect you,
    and understanding will guard you.

12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
    from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
    to walk in dark ways,
14 who delight in doing wrong
    and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15 whose paths are crooked
    and who are devious in their ways.

16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,
    from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
17 who has left the partner of her youth
    and ignored the covenant she made before God.[a]
18 Surely her house leads down to death
    and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
19 None who go to her return
    or attain the paths of life.

20 Thus you will walk in the ways of the good
    and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will live in the land,
    and the blameless will remain in it;
22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
    and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 2:17 Or covenant of her God
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Proverbs 6:20-24 World English Bible (WEB)

20 My son, keep your father’s commandment,
    and don’t forsake your mother’s teaching.
21 Bind them continually on your heart.
    Tie them around your neck.
22 When you walk, it will lead you.
    When you sleep, it will watch over you.
    When you awake, it will talk with you.
23 For the commandment is a lamp,
    and the law is light.
    Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
24 to keep you from the immoral woman,
    from the flattery of the wayward wife’s tongue.

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Proverbs 6:20-24 New International Version (NIV)

Warning Against Adultery

20 My son, keep your father’s command
    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
21 Bind them always on your heart;
    fasten them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will guide you;
    when you sleep, they will watch over you;
    when you awake, they will speak to you.
23 For this command is a lamp,
    this teaching is a light,
and correction and instruction
    are the way to life,
24 keeping you from your neighbor’s wife,
    from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.

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Proverbs 7:1-5 World English Bible (WEB)

My son, keep my words.
    Lay up my commandments within you.
Keep my commandments and live!
    Guard my teaching as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers.
    Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Tell wisdom, “You are my sister.”
    Call understanding your relative,
that they may keep you from the strange woman,
    from the foreigner who flatters with her words.

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Proverbs 7:1-5 New International Version (NIV)

Warning Against the Adulterous Woman

My son, keep my words
    and store up my commands within you.
Keep my commands and you will live;
    guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
    and to insight, “You are my relative.”
They will keep you from the adulterous woman,
    from the wayward woman with her seductive words.

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Proverbs 10:19 World English Bible (WEB)

19 In the multitude of words there is no lack of disobedience,
    but he who restrains his lips does wisely.

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Proverbs 10:19 New International Version (NIV)

19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
    but the prudent hold their tongues.

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Proverbs 14:3 World English Bible (WEB)

The fool’s talk brings a rod to his back,
    but the lips of the wise protect them.

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Proverbs 14:3 New International Version (NIV)

A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride,
    but the lips of the wise protect them.

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Proverbs 18:10 World English Bible (WEB)

10 Yahweh’s name is a strong tower:
    the righteous run to him, and are safe.

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Proverbs 18:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
    the righteous run to it and are safe.

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Proverbs 21:23 World English Bible (WEB)

23 Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue
    keeps his soul from troubles.

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Proverbs 21:23 New International Version (NIV)

23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues
    keep themselves from calamity.

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Proverbs 22:5 World English Bible (WEB)

Thorns and snares are in the path of the wicked:
    whoever guards his soul stays from them.

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Proverbs 22:5 New International Version (NIV)

In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,
    but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.

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Proverbs 22:24-25 World English Bible (WEB)

24 Don’t befriend a hot-tempered man,
    and don’t associate with one who harbors anger:
25 lest you learn his ways,
    and ensnare your soul.

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Proverbs 22:24-25 New International Version (NIV)

Saying 3

24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
    do not associate with one easily angered,
25 or you may learn their ways
    and get yourself ensnared.

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