1 My son, if you receive my words,
and store up my commandments with you,
2 making your ear attentive to Wisdom,
directing your heart to discernment,
3 for if you call out to understanding,
if you raise your voice to discernment,
4 if you seek her like silver,
and search for her like hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of Yahweh,
and you will find the knowledge of God.
6 For Yahweh gives Wisdom,
from his mouth comes forth knowledge and discernment.
7 He has stored up sound advice for the upright—
a shield for those who walk blamelessly—
8 guarding the paths of justice,
and watching over the way of his loyal ones.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and integrity—every good path.
10 For Wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 discretion will watch over you,
and discernment will guard you,
12 to deliver you from the way of evil,
from the one speaking perverse things,
13 from the ones who forsake the upright paths
to walk on the roads of darkness;
14 from the ones who are glad in doing evil,
who rejoice in evil perversions;
15 from those whose paths are twisted,
and from the devious in their ways;
16 and to deliver you from the strange woman,
from the foreign woman who is flattering with her words,
17 who leaves the mate of her youth,
and has forgotten the covenant of her God,
18 for her house sinks down to death,
and her paths lead to the dead.
19 All who go into her do not return;
they will not reach the paths of life.
20 Therefore you are to walk on the good road,
and you are to keep to the righteous paths.
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 uprooted from it.