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4 My son: (1) Eight requirements
My son, if you receive my words, And
treasure my commands within you,
So that you
incline your ear to wisdom,
apply your heart to understanding;
Yes, if you
cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures;
(2) THEN: eight blessings
you will understand the fear of the LORD,
find the knowledge of God.
the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
He guards the paths of justice, And preserves
the way of His saints.
(3) THEN: eight blessings
Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path.
When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
Discretion will preserve you;
Understanding will keep you,
(4) TO DELIEVER THEE from the wicked man; his seven sins
To deliver you
from the way of evil,
the man who speaks perverse things,
From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in
the ways of darkness;
rejoice in doing evil,
delight in the perversity of the wicked;
Whose ways are crooked, And who
in their paths;
(5) TO DELIVER YOU from the harlot; her seven sins
To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who
flatters with her words,
Who forsakes the companion of her youth, And
forgets the covenant of her God.
For her house leads
down to death, And her paths to the dead;
None who go to her return,
Nor do they regain the paths of life-
(6) THAT: six blessings
So you may walk in
the way of goodness,
And keep to the paths of righteousness.
For the upright will dwell in the land, And the blameless will remain in it;
But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, And
the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.