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My sonne, if thou wilt receiue my wordes, and hide my commandements within thee,
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And cause thine eares to hearken vnto wisdome, and encline thine heart to vnderstanding,
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(For if thou callest after knowledge, and cryest for vnderstanding:
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If thou seekest her as siluer, & searchest for her as for treasures,
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Then shalt thou vnderstand the feare of the Lord, and finde the knowledge of God.
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For the Lorde giueth wisdome, out of his mouth commeth knowledge and vnderstanding.
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He preserueth the state of the righteous: he is a shielde to them that walke vprightly,
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That they may keepe the wayes of iudgement: and he preserueth the way of his Saintes)
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Then shalt thou vnderstand righteousnes, and iudgement, and equitie, and euery good path.
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When wisdome entreth into thine heart, and knowledge deliteth thy soule,
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Then shall counsell preserue thee, and vnderstanding shall keepe thee,
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And deliuer thee from the euill way, and from the man that speaketh froward things,
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And from them that leaue the wayes of righteousnes to walke in the wayes of darkenes:
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Which reioyce in doing euill, and delite in the frowardnesse of the wicked,
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Whose wayes are crooked and they are lewde in their paths.
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And it shall deliuer thee from the strange woman, euen from the stranger, which flattereth with her wordes.
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Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the couenant of her God.
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Surely her house tendeth to death, and her paths vnto the dead.
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All they that goe vnto her, returne not againe, neither take they holde of the wayes of life.
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Therefore walke thou in the way of good men, and keepe the wayes of the righteous.
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For the iust shal dwell in the land, and the vpright men shall remaine in it.
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But the wicked shalbe cut off from ye earth, and the transgressours shalbe rooted out of it.