1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and [a]hide my commandments within thee,
2 And cause thine ears to hearken unto wisdom, and incline [b]thine heart to understanding,
3 (For if thou callest after knowledge, [c]and cryest for understanding:
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for [d]treasures,
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the [e]knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord giveth wisdom, out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7 He [f]preserveth the state of the righteous, he is a shield to them that walk uprightly,