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My sonne, if thou wilt receiue my words, and hide my commaundements with thee;
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So that thou incline thine eare vnto wisedome, and apply thine heart to vnderstanding:
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Yea if thou cryest after knowledge, and liftest vp thy voyce for vnderstanding:
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If thou seekest her as siluer, and searchest for her, as for hid treasures:
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Then shalt thou vnderstand the feare of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
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For the Lord giueth wisedome: out of his mouth commeth knowledge, and vnderstanding.
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He layeth vp sound wisedome for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walke vprightly.
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He keepeth the pathes of iudgement, and preserueth the way of his Saints.
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Then shalt thou vnderstand righteousnesse, and iudgement, and equity;
yea euery good path.
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When wisedome entreth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant vnto thy soule;
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Discretion shall preserue thee, vnderstanding shall keepe thee:
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To deliuer thee from the way of the euill man, from the man that speaketh froward things.
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Who leaue the pathes of vprightnesse, to walke in the wayes of darkenesse:
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Who reioyce to doe euill, and delight in the frowardnesse of the wicked.
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Whose wayes are crooked, and they froward in their pathes.
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To deliuer thee from the strange woman, euen from the stranger, which flattereth with her words:
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Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the couenant of her God.
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For her house inclineth vnto death, and her pathes vnto the dead:
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None that goe vnto her, returne againe, neither take they hold of the pathes of life.
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That thou mayest walke in the way of good men, and keepe the pathes of the righteous.
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For the vpright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remaine in it.
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But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressours shalbe rooted out of it.