My son, if thou wilt receive4 my words, and hide4 my commandments with thee;
So that thou incline53 thine ear unto wisdom, [and] apply55 thine heart to understanding;
Yea, if thou criest4 after knowledge, [and] liftest up4 thy voice for understanding;
If thou seekest17 her as silver, and searchest4 for her as [for] hid treasures;
Then shalt thou understand4 the fear of the LORD, and find4 the knowledge of God.
For the LORD giveth4 wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.
He layeth up4 6845 1 sound wisdom for the righteous: [he is] a buckler to them that walk6 uprightly.
He keepeth2 the paths of judgment, and preserveth4 the way of his saints.
Then shalt thou understand4 righteousness, and judgment, and equity; [yea], every good path.
When wisdom entereth4 into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant4 unto thy soul;
Discretion shall preserve4 thee, understanding shall keep4 thee:
To deliver53 thee from the way of the evil [man], from the man that speaketh18 froward things;
Who leave6 the paths of uprightness, to walk2 in the ways of darkness;
Who rejoice to do2 evil, [and] delight4 in the frowardness of the wicked;
Whose ways [are] crooked, and [they] froward12 in their paths:
To deliver53 thee from the strange5 woman, [even] from the stranger [which] flattereth52 with her words;
Which forsaketh6 the guide of her youth, and forgetteth1 the covenant of her God.
For her house inclineth1 unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
None that go6 unto her return again,4 neither take they hold55 of the paths of life.
That thou mayest walk4 in the way of good [men], and keep4 the paths of the righteous.
For the upright shall dwell4 in the land, and the perfect shall remain11 in it.
But the wicked shall be cut off11 from the earth, and the transgressors6 shall be rooted4 out of it.