1My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,
2make your ears pay attention to wisdom and incline your heart to understanding.
3If you cry out for understanding and raise your voice for it,
4if you seek it like you would seek silver and search for understanding as you would seek hidden treasures,
5then you will understand the fear of Yahweh and you will find the knowledge of God.
6For Yahweh gives wisdom, from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
7He stores up sound wisdom for those who please him, he is a shield for those who walk in integrity,
8he guards the paths of justice and he will preserve the way of those who are faithful to him.
9Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and equity, and every good path.
10For wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11Discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you.
12They will rescue you from the way of evil, from those who speak perverse things,
13who abandon the right paths and walk in the ways of darkness.
14They rejoice when they do evil and delight in the perversities of evil.
15They follow crooked paths, and using deception they hide their tracks.
16Wisdom and discretion will save you from an adulterous woman, from an immoral woman and her flattering words.
17She forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God.
18For her house leads down to death and her tracks will lead you to those in the grave.
19All who go in to her will not return again and they will not find the paths of life.
20So you will walk in the way of good people and follow the paths of righteous people.
21For those doing right will make a home in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it.
22But the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the faithless will be cut off from it.