1My child, if you take my words to heart, if you set store by my commandments, 2tuning your ear to wisdom, tuning your heart to understanding, 3yes, if your plea is for clear perception, if you cry out for understanding, 4if you look for it as though for silver, search for it as though for buried treasure, 5then you wil understand what the fear of Yahweh is, and discover the knowledge of God. 6For Yahweh himself is giver of wisdom, from his mouth issue knowledge and understanding. 7He reserves his advice for the honest, a shield to those whose ways are sound; 8he stands guard over the paths of equity, he keeps watch over the way of those faithful to him. 9Then you wil understand uprightness, equity and fair dealing, the paths that lead to happiness. 10When wisdom comes into your heart and knowledge fil s your soul with delight, 11then prudence wil be there to watch over you, and understanding wil be your guardian 12to keep you from the way that is evil, from those whose speech is deceitful, 13from those who leave the paths of honesty to walk the roads of darkness: 14those who find their joy in doing wrong, and their delight in deceitfulness, 15whose tracks are twisted, and the paths that they tread crooked. 16To keep you, too, from the woman who belongs to another, from the stranger, with her wheedlingwords; 17she has left the partner of her younger days, she has forgotten the covenant of her God; 18her house is tilting towards Death, down to the Shades go her paths. 19Of those who go to her not one returns, they never regain the paths of life. 20Thus you wil tread the way of good people, persisting in the paths of the upright. 21For the land will be for the honest to live in, the innocent will have it for their home; 22while the wicked wil be cut off from the land, and the faithless rooted out of it.
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