Proverbs

Proverbs 2 ©

1The study of wisdom tendeth to promote godliness, 10to guard against the seducing of sinners, 20and to direct men in good and salutary ways.

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MY son, aif thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

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So that bthou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

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Yea, cif thou criest after knowledge, and 1liftest up thy voice for understanding;

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If dthou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

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eThen shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

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For fthe LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

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He layeth up gsound wisdom for the righteous: he is a h*buckler to them that walk uprightly.

h Ge. 15.1. Ps. 84.9,11; 5.12. ch. 30.5.
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He ikeepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

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jThen shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and kequity; yea, every good path.

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¶When lwisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

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mDiscretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

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To ndeliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh o*froward things;

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Who pleave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

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Who qrejoice to do evil, and delight in the *frowardness of the wicked;

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Whose rways are crooked, and they *froward in their paths:

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To sdeliver thee from the *strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;

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Which tforsaketh the uguide of her youth, and forgetteth vthe covenant of her God.

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For wher house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

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xNone that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.

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That ythou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

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For zthe upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

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But athe wicked bshall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be 2rooted out of it.