|My son, if you will take my words to your heart, storing up my laws in your mind;
|So that your ear gives attention to wisdom, and your heart is turned to knowledge;
|Truly, if you are crying out for good sense, and your request is for knowledge;
|If you are looking for her as for silver, and searching for her as for stored-up wealth;
|Then the fear of the Lord will be clear to you, and knowledge of God will be yours.
|For the Lord gives wisdom; out of his mouth come knowledge and reason:
|He has salvation stored up for the upright, he is a breastplate to those in whom there is no evil;
|He keeps watch on the ways which are right, and takes care of those who have the fear of him.
|Then you will have knowledge of righteousness and right acting, and upright behaviour, even of every good way.
|For wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasing to your soul;
|Wise purposes will be watching over you, and knowledge will keep you;
|Giving you salvation from the evil man, from those whose words are false;
|Who give up the way of righteousness, to go by dark roads;
|Who take pleasure in wrongdoing, and have joy in the evil designs of the sinner;
|Whose ways are not straight, and whose footsteps are turned to evil:
|To take you out of the power of the strange woman, who says smooth words with her tongue;
|Who is false to the husband of her early years, and does not keep the agreement of her God in mind:
|For her house is on the way down to death; her footsteps go down to the shades:
|Those who go to her do not come back again; their feet do not keep in the ways of life:
|So that you may go in the way of good men, and keep in the footsteps of the upright.
|For the upright will be living in the land, and the good will have it for their heritage.
|But sinners will be cut off from the land, and those whose acts are false will be uprooted.