King James VersionProverbs2


1 My son, if thou wilt re­ceive my words, and hide my com­mand­ments with thee;
2 So that thou in­cline thine ear unto wis­dom, and ap­ply thine heart to un­der­stand­ing;
3 Yea, if thou criest af­ter knowl­edge, and liftest up thy voice for un­der­stand­ing;
4 If thou seek­est her as sil­ver, and search­est for her as for hid trea­sures;
5 Then shalt thou un­der­stand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowl­edge of God.
6 For the LORD 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 saints.
9 Then shalt thou un­der­stand righ­teous­ness, and judg­ment, and eq­ui­ty; yea, ev­ery good path.
10 When wis­dom en­tereth into thine heart, and knowl­edge is pleas­ant unto thy soul;
11 Dis­cre­tion shall pre­serve thee, un­der­stand­ing shall keep thee:
12 To de­liv­er thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward 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 froward in their paths:
16 To de­liv­er thee 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.
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 thou 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.