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Chapter 2

2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and lay up my commandments with thee;

2:2 So that thou make thine ear attend unto wisdom, and thy heart incline to discernment;

2:3 Yea, if thou call for understanding, and lift up thy voice for discernment;

2:4 If thou seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.

2:6 For the Lord giveth wisdom, out of His mouth cometh knowledge and discernment;

2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright, He is a shield to them that walk in integrity;

2:8 That He may guard the paths of justice, and preserve the way of His godly ones.

2:9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness and justice, and equity, yea, every good path.

2:10 For wisdom shall enter into thy heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant unto thy soul;

2:11 Discretion shall watch over thee, discernment shall guard thee;

2:12 To deliver thee from the way of evil, from the men that speak froward things;

2:13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

2:14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of evil;

2:15 Who are crooked in their ways, and perverse in their paths;

2:16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the alien woman that maketh smooth her words;

2:17 That forsaketh the lord of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.

2:18 For her house sinketh down unto death, and her paths unto the shades;

2:19 None that go unto her return, neither do they attain unto the paths of life;

2:20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the whole-hearted shall remain in it.

2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, and the faithless shall be plucked up out of it.

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