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Proverbs 2 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The Benefits of Wisdom
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:1 - My child,[fn] listen to what I say,
and treasure my commands.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:2 - Tune your ears to wisdom,
and concentrate on understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:3 - Cry out for insight,
and ask for understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:4 - Search for them as you would for silver;
seek them like hidden treasures.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:5 - Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD,
and you will gain knowledge of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:6 - For the LORD grants wisdom!
From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:7 - He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:8 - He guards the paths of the just
and protects those who are faithful to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:9 - Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair,
and you will find the right way to go.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:10 - For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will fill you with joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:11 - Wise choices will watch over you.
Understanding will keep you safe.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:12 - Wisdom will save you from evil people,
from those whose words are twisted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:13 - These men turn from the right way
to walk down dark paths.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:14 - They take pleasure in doing wrong,
and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:15 - Their actions are crooked,
and their ways are wrong.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:16 - Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman,
from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:17 - She has abandoned her husband
and ignores the covenant she made before God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:18 - Entering her house leads to death;
it is the road to the grave.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:19 - The man who visits her is doomed.
He will never reach the paths of life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:20 - Follow the steps of good men instead,
and stay on the paths of the righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:21 - For only the godly will live in the land,
and those with integrity will remain in it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 2:22 - But the wicked will be removed from the land,
and the treacherous will be uprooted.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew My son.
Hebrew to the spirits of the dead.

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