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Proverbs 2 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Wisdom’s Worth
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My son, if you accept my words

and store up my commands within you,

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listening closely[fn] to wisdom

and directing your heart to understanding;

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furthermore, if you call out to insight

and lift your voice to understanding,

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if you seek it like silver

and search for it like hidden treasure,

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then you will understand the fear of the LORD

and discover the knowledge of God.

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For the LORD gives wisdom;

from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

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He stores up success[fn] for the upright;

He is a shield for those who live with integrity

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so that he may guard the paths of justice

and protect the way of his faithful followers.

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Then you will understand righteousness, justice,

and integrity ​— ​every good path.

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For wisdom will enter your heart,

and knowledge will delight you.

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Discretion will watch over you,

and understanding will guard you.

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It will rescue you from the way of evil —

from anyone who says perverse things,

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from those who abandon the right paths

to walk in ways of darkness,

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from those who enjoy doing evil

and celebrate perversion,

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whose paths are crooked,

and whose ways are devious.

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It will rescue you from a forbidden woman,

from a wayward woman with her flattering talk,

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who abandons the companion of her youth

and forgets the covenant of her God;

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for her house sinks down to death

and her ways to the land of the departed spirits.

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None return who go to her;

none reach the paths of life.

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So follow the way of the good,

and keep to the paths of the righteous.

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For the upright will inhabit the land,

and those of integrity will remain in it;

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but the wicked will be cut off from the land,

and the treacherous ripped out of it.

CSB Footnotes
Lit you, stretching out your ear
Or resourcefulness

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

Additional information is provided here.

For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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