Chapter 2
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My daughter, if you will receive my words, and store up my commandments within you;
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So as to turn your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;
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Yes, if you call out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding;
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If you seek him as silver, and search for him as for hidden treasures:
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then you will understand the fear of Yahweh, and find the knowledge of God.
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For Yahweh gives wisdom. Out of her mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
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She lays up sound wisdom for the upright. She is a shield to those who walk in integrity;
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that she may guard the paths of justice, and preserve the way of her saints.
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Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path.
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For wisdom will enter into your heart. Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
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Discretion will watch over you. Understanding will keep you,
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to deliver you from the way of evil, from the women who speak perverse things;
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who forsake the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
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who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the perverseness of evil;
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who are crooked in their ways, and wayward in their paths:
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To deliver you from the strange man, even from the foreigner who flatters with his words;
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who forsakes the friend of his youth, and forgets the covenant of his God:
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for his house leads down to death, his paths to the dead.
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None who go to his return again, neither do they attain to the paths of life:
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that you may walk in the way of good women, and keep the paths of the righteous.
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For the upright will dwell in the land. The perfect will remain in it.
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But the wicked will be cut off from the land. The treacherous will be rooted out of it.