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          DASV: Proverbs 2    

1 My son, if you receive my words,
     and store up my commandments within you;
2 turning your ear to wisdom,
     and applying your heart to understanding;
3 yes, if you cry out for discernment,
     and raise your voice for understanding;
4 if you seek it like silver,
     and search for it as for hidden treasures;
5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
     and find the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD gives wisdom,
     out of his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He reserves sound wisdom for the upright,
     he is a shield to those who walk with integrity;
8 he guards the paths of the just,
     and preserves the way of those faithful to him.

9 Then you will understand what is right and just,
     and fair, yes, every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter into your heart,
     and knowledge will bring joy to your soul;
11 Discretion will watch over you,
     and understanding will protect you.

12 Wisdom will save you from the way of evil,
     from those who speak perverted words;
13 who abandon the paths of uprightness,
     to walk in the ways of darkness;
14 who delight to do wrong,
     and enjoy the perverseness of evil;
15 who are crooked in their ways,
     and devious in their paths.

16 Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman,
     from the flattering words of the adulteress;
17 who has abandoned the partner of her youth,
     and forgotten the covenant made before God.
18 For her house leads down to death,
     and her paths to the dead.
19 None who go to her ever return,
     nor will they regain the paths of life.

20 But you will walk in the way of good men,
     and keep on the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will live in the land,
     and those with integrity will remain in it;
22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
     and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

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