My son, if thou dost accept my sayings, And my commands dost
lay up with thee,
To cause thine ear to attend to wisdom, Thou inclinest thy
heart to understanding,
For, if for intelligence thou callest, For understanding
givest forth thy voice,
If thou dost seek her as silver, And as hid treasures
searchest for her,
Then understandest thou fear of Jehovah, And knowledge of
God thou findest.
For Jehovah giveth wisdom, From His mouth knowledge and
Even to lay up for the upright substance, A shield for those
To keep the paths of judgment, And the way of His saints He
Then understandest thou righteousness, And judgment, and
uprightness -- every good path.
For wisdom cometh into thy heart, And knowledge to thy soul
Thoughtfulness doth watch over thee, Understanding doth keep
To deliver thee from an evil way, From any speaking froward
Who are forsaking paths of uprightness, To walk in ways of
Who are rejoicing to do evil, They delight in frowardness of
Whose paths are crooked, Yea, they are perverted in
To deliver thee from the strange woman, From the stranger
who hath made smooth her sayings,
Who is forsaking the guide of her youth, And the covenant of
her God hath forgotten.
For her house hath inclined unto death, And unto Rephaim her
None going in unto her turn back, Nor do they reach the
paths of life.
That thou dost go in the way of the good, And the paths of
the righteous dost keep.
For the upright do inhabit the earth, And the perfect are
left in it,
And the wicked from the earth are cut off, And treacherous
dealers plucked out of it!