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 Lorde giueth wisdome, out of his mouth commeth knowledge and vnderstanding.
7 He preserueth the state of the righteous: he is a shielde to them that walke vprightly,
8 That they may keepe the wayes of iudgement: and he preserueth the way of his Saintes)
9 Then shalt thou vnderstand righteousnes, and iudgement, and equitie, and euery good path.
10 When wisdome entreth into thine heart, and knowledge deliteth thy soule,
11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
12 And deliuer thee from the euill way, and 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 wayes are crooked and they are lewde 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 All they that goe vnto her, returne not againe, neither take they holde of the wayes of life.
20 Therefore walke thou in the way of good men, and keepe the wayes of the righteous.
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22 But the wicked shalbe cut off from ye earth, and the transgressours shalbe rooted out of it.