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Proverbs 2

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2:1 My son, if you will receive my words, and store up my commandments within you;

2:2 So as to turn your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;

2:3 Yes, if you call out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding;

2:4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures:

2:5 then you will understand the fear of Yahweh, and find the knowledge of God.

2:6 For Yahweh gives wisdom. Out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

2:7 He lays up sound wisdom for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity;

2:8 that he may guard the paths of justice, and preserve the way of his saints.

2:9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path.

2:10 For wisdom will enter into your heart. Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

2:11 Discretion will watch over you. Understanding will keep you,

2:12 to deliver you from the way of evil, from the men who speak perverse things;

2:13 who forsake the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

2:14 who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the perverseness of evil;

2:15 who are crooked in their ways, and wayward in their paths:

2:16 To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the foreigner who flatters with her words;

2:17 who forsakes the friend of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God:

2:18 for her house leads down to death, her paths to the dead.

2:19 None who go to her return again, neither do they attain to the paths of life:

2:20 that you may walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

2:21 For the upright will dwell in the land. The perfect will remain in it.

2:22 But the wicked will be cut off from the land. The treacherous will be rooted out of it.


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