Proverbs 2
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1My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you,1My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding;2So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding,3Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures;4If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God.5Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
6For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;6For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;7He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints.8He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
9Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path.9Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
10When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,10When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
11Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you,11Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
12To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things,12To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
13From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;13Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
14Who rejoice in doing evil, And delight in the perversity of the wicked;14Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
15Whose ways are crooked, And who are devious in their paths;15Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
16To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words,16To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
17Who forsakes the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God.17Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
18For her house leads down to death, And her paths to the dead;18For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
19None who go to her return, Nor do they regain the paths of life—19None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
20So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness.20That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
21For the upright will dwell in the land, And the blameless will remain in it;21For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.22But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
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