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Proverbs 2 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Moral Benefits of Wisdom

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:1 - My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:2 - turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:3 - indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:4 - and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
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 holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:8 - for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:9 - Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:10 - For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:11 - Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:12 - Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:13 - who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:14 - who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:15 - whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:16 - Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:17 - who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:18 - Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:19 - None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:20 - Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:21 - For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:22 - but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.
NIV Footnotes
Or covenant of her God

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