1 My son, if you wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with you;
2 So that you incline your ear unto wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if you criest after knowledge, and liftest up your voice for understanding;
4 If you seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt you understand the fear of יהוה, and find the knowledge of God (Elohim).
6 For יהוה giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous; he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of His faithful ones (chadisim).
9 Then shalt you understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
10 When wisdom entereth into your heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto your soul;
11 Discretion shall preserve you, understanding shall keep you;
12 To deliver you from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh perverse things;
13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked, and they perverse in their paths;
16 To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God (Elohim).
18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
20 That you mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.