Proverbs 2
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1My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands.1My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,
2Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.2making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;
3Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding.3yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
4Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.4if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,
5Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God.5then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
6For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.6For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.7he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.8guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.
9Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.9Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;
10For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.10for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.11discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you,
12Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted.12delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech,
13These men turn from the right way to walk down dark paths.13who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,
14They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil.14who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil,
15Their actions are crooked, and their ways are wrong.15men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.
16Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman.16So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words,
17She has abandoned her husband and ignores the covenant she made before God.17who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God;
18Entering her house leads to death; it is the road to the grave.18for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed;
19The man who visits her is doomed. He will never reach the paths of life.19none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life.
20So follow the steps of the good, and stay on the paths of the righteous.20So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it.21For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it,
22But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be uprooted.22but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.
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