1My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and wilt hide my commandments with thee,
2That thy ear may hearken to wisdom: Incline thy heart to know prudence:
3For if thou shalt call for wisdom, and incline thy heart to prudence:
4If thou shalt seek her as money, and shalt dig for her as for a treasure:
5Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and shalt find the knowledge of God.
6Because the Lord giveth wisdom: and out of his mouth cometh prudence and knowledge.
7He will keep the salvation of the righteous, and protect them that walk in simplicity.
8Keeping the paths of justice, and guarding the ways of saints.
9Then shalt thou understand justice, and judgment, and equity, and every good path.
10If wisdom shall enter into thy heart, and knowledge please thy soul:
11Counsel shall keep thee, and prudence shall preserve thee,
12That thou mayst be delivered from the evil way, and from the man that speaketh perverse things:
13Who leave the right way, and walk by dark ways:
14Who are glad when they have done evil, and rejoice in most wicked things:
15Whose ways are perverse, and their steps infamous.
16That thou mayst be delivered from the strange women, and from the stranger, who softeneth her words:
17And forsaketh the guide of her youth,
18And hath forgotten the covenant of her God: for her house inclineth unto death, and her paths to hell.
19None that go in unto her shall return again, neither shall they take hold of the paths of life,
20That thou mayst walk in a good way: and mayst keep the paths of the just.
21For they that are upright shall dwell in the earth, and the simple shall continue in it.
22But the wicked shall be destroyed from the earth: and they that do unjustly shall be taken away from it.