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¶ MY son, if you will receive my words and hide my commandments in your heart,
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And incline your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding,
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Yea, if you cry after knowledge and lift up your voice to understanding,
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If you seek it as silver, and search for it as for hidden treasure;
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Then you will understand how to worship the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
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For it is the LORD who gives wisdom;
out of his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
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He stores up hope for the upright;
he helps those who walk without blemish.
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He keeps the paths of justice, and preserves the ways of his saints.
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Then you will understand righteousness and justice and the uprightness of all good ways.
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When wisdom enters into your heart and knowledge is pleasant to your soul.
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Intelligence shall preserve you, and the understanding of the pious men shall deliver you;
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That you might be delivered from evil ways, from men who speak perverse things,
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Who forsake the path of uprightness to walk in the way of darkness;
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Who rejoice to do evil and delight in the perverseness of evil things;
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Men whose ways are crooked and whose paths are perverse.
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Wisdom shall deliver you from a strange woman who flatters with her words,
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Who has forsaken the mother of her youth and forgotten the covenant of her God.
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For she has forgotten the threshold of her house and the way of her paths.
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None who go to her return again, neither do they remember the path of life.
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Therefore you must walk in the way of good men and keep the path of the righteous.
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For the upright shall dwell in the land, and those who are unblemished shall remain in it.
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But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth and the ungodly shall be rooted out of it.