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Proverbs 2 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Value of Wisdom

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:1 - My son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:2 - making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:3 - yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:4 - if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:5 - then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:6 - For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:7 - he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:8 - guarding the paths of justice
and watching over the way of his saints.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:9 - Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and equity, every good path;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:10 - for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:11 - discretion will watch over you,
understanding will guard you,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:12 - delivering you from the way of evil,
from men of perverted speech,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:13 - who forsake the paths of uprightness
to walk in the ways of darkness,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:14 - who rejoice in doing evil
and delight in the perverseness of evil,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:15 - men whose paths are crooked,
and who are devious in their ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:16 - So you will be delivered from the forbidden[fn] woman,
from the adulteress[fn] with her smooth words,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:17 - who forsakes the companion of her youth
and forgets the covenant of her God;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:18 - for her house sinks down to death,
and her paths to the departed;[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:19 - none who go to her come back,
nor do they regain the paths of life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:20 - So you will walk in the way of the good
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:21 - For the upright will inhabit the land,
and those with integrity will remain in it,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:22 - but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew strange
Hebrew foreign woman
Hebrew to the Rephaim

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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