PROVERBS 2The Value of Wisdom2:1 My son, if you receive my wordsand treasure up my commandments with you, 2 making your ear attentive to wisdomand inclining your heart to understanding; 3 yes, if you call out for insightand raise your voice for understanding, 4 if you seek it like silverand search for it as for hidden treasures, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lordand find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom;from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8 guarding the paths of justiceand watching over the way of his saints. 9 Then you will understand righteousness and justiceand equity, 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,understanding will guard you, 12 delivering you from the way of evil,from men of perverted speech, 13 who forsake the paths of uprightnessto walk in the ways of darkness, 14 who rejoice in doing eviland delight in the perverseness of evil, 15 men whose paths are crooked,and who are devious in their ways.
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