Wisdom’s Worth
1My son, if you accept my words2:1 Pr 4:10
and store up my commands within you,
2listening closely2:2 Lit you, stretching out your ear to wisdom
and directing your heart to understanding;
3furthermore, if you call out to insight
and lift your voice to understanding,
4if you seek it like silver
and search for it like hidden treasure,2:4 Jb 3:21; Mt 13:44
5then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and discover the knowledge of God.
6For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.2:6 Jb 32:8
7He stores up success2:7 Or resourcefulness for the upright;
He is a shield for those who live with integrity2:7 Ps 84:11; Pr 10:9; 20:7; 28:18; 30:5
8so that he may guard the paths of justice
and protect the way of his faithful followers.2:8 1Sm 2:9; Ps 66:9
9Then you will understand righteousness, justice,
and integrity — every good path.
10For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will delight you.
11Discretion will watch over you,
and understanding will guard you.2:11 Pr 4:6; 6:22
12It will rescue you from the way of evil —
from anyone who says perverse things,
13from those who abandon the right paths
to walk in ways of darkness,2:11–13 Ps 82:5; Pr 15:19; 16:17; Jn 3:19,20
14from those who enjoy doing evil2:14 Pr 10:23
and celebrate perversion,
15whose paths are crooked,2:15 Ps 125:5; Pr 21:8
and whose ways are devious.2:15 Pr 3:32; 14:2
16It will rescue you from a forbidden woman,2:16 Pr 9:13–18
from a wayward woman with her flattering talk,2:16 Pr 5:3,20; 6:24; 7:5,21; 23:27
17who abandons the companion of her youth2:17 Mal 2:14–15
and forgets the covenant of her God;
18for her house sinks down to death
and her ways to the land of the departed spirits.2:18 Pr 7:27; 9:18; 21:16
19None return who go to her;
none reach the paths of life.2:16–19 Ps 16:11; Pr 5:6; 7:5,21–27; 23:27–28; Ec 7:26
20So follow the way of the good,2:20 Heb 6:12
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21For the upright will inhabit the land,
and those of integrity will remain in it;2:21 Pr 10:30; Mt 5:5–6
22but the wicked will be cut off from the land,2:22 Ps 37:38
and the treacherous ripped out of it.2:22 Dt 28:63; Ps 52:5