Index: Bible in Basic English


Proverbs 2

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2:1 My son, if you will take my words to your heart, storing up my laws in your mind;

2:2 So that your ear gives attention to wisdom, and your heart is turned to knowledge;

2:3 Truly, if you are crying out for good sense, and your request is for knowledge;

2:4 If you are looking for her as for silver, and searching for her as for stored-up wealth;

2:5 Then the fear of the Lord will be clear to you, and knowledge of God will be yours.

2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; out of his mouth come knowledge and reason:

2:7 He has salvation stored up for the upright, he is a breastplate to those in whom there is no evil;

2:8 He keeps watch on the ways which are right, and takes care of those who have the fear of him.

2:9 Then you will have knowledge of righteousness and right acting, and upright behaviour, even of every good way.

2:10 For wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasing to your soul;

2:11 Wise purposes will be watching over you, and knowledge will keep you;

2:12 Giving you salvation from the evil man, from those whose words are false;

2:13 Who give up the way of righteousness, to go by dark roads;

2:14 Who take pleasure in wrongdoing, and have joy in the evil designs of the sinner;

2:15 Whose ways are not straight, and whose footsteps are turned to evil:

2:16 To take you out of the power of the strange woman, who says smooth words with her tongue;

2:17 Who is false to the husband of her early years, and does not keep the agreement of her God in mind:

2:18 For her house is on the way down to death; her footsteps go down to the shades:

2:19 Those who go to her do not come back again; their feet do not keep in the ways of life:

2:20 So that you may go in the way of good men, and keep in the footsteps of the upright.

2:21 For the upright will be living in the land, and the good will have it for their heritage.

2:22 But sinners will be cut off from the land, and those whose acts are false will be uprooted.