1Whoever fears the Lord wil act like this, and whoever grasps the Law wil obtain wisdom. 2She will come to meet him like a mother, and receive him like a virgin bride. 3She will give him the bread of understanding to eat, and the water of wisdom to drink. 4He will lean on her and wil not fal , he wil rely on her and not be put to shame. 5She will raise him high above his neighbours, and in ful assembly she wil open his mouth. 6He will find happiness and a crown of joy, he wil inherit an everlasting name. 7Fools wil not gain possession of her, nor will sinners set eyes on her. 8She stands remote from pride, and liars cannot cal her to mind. 9Praise is unseemly in a sinner's mouth, since it has not been put there by the Lord. 10For praise should be uttered only in wisdom, and the Lord himself then prompts it. 11Do not say, 'The Lord was responsible for my sinning,' for he does not do what he hates. 12Do not say, 'It was he who led me astray,' for he has no use for a sinner. 13The Lord hates al that is foul, and no one who fears him will love it either. 14He himself made human beings in the beginning, and then left them free to make their own decisions. 15If you choose, you will keep the commandments and so be faithful to his wil . 16He has set fire and water before you; put out your hand to whichever you prefer. 17A human being has life and death before him; whichever he prefers wil be given him. 18For vast is the wisdom of the Lord; he is almighty and al -seeing. 19His eyes are on those who fear him, he notes every human action. 20He never commanded anyone to be godless, he has given no one permission to sin.
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