The Benefits of Wisdom
1My child,*2:1 Hebrew My son. listen to what I say,
and treasure my commands.
2Tune your ears to wisdom,
and concentrate on understanding.
3Cry out for insight,
and ask for understanding.
4Search for them as you would for silver;
seek them like hidden treasures.
5Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord,
and you will gain knowledge of God.
6For the Lord grants wisdom!
From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
8He guards the paths of the just
and protects those who are faithful to him.
9Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair,
and you will find the right way to go.
10For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will fill you with joy.
11Wise choices will watch over you.
Understanding will keep you safe.