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Proverbs 2 The Passion Translation (TPT)

My child, will you treasure my wisdom?

Then, and only then, will you acquire it.
And only if you accept my advice
and hide it within will you succeed.
So train your heart to listen when I speak
and open your spirit wide to expand your discernment—
then pass it on to your sons and daughters.[a]
Yes, cry out for comprehension and intercede for insight.
For if you keep seeking it like a man would seek for sterling silver,
searching in hidden places for cherished treasure,
then you will discover the fear of the Lord
and find the true knowledge of God.
Wisdom is a gift from a generous God,
and every word he speaks is full of revelation
and becomes a fountain of understanding within you.[b]
7–8 For the Lord has a hidden storehouse of wisdom
made accessible to his godly lovers.[c]
He becomes your personal bodyguard as you follow his ways,
protecting and guarding you as you choose what is right.
Then you will discover all that is just, proper, and fair,
and be empowered to make the right decisions
as you walk into your destiny.
10 When wisdom wins your heart and revelation breaks in,
true pleasure enters your soul.
11 If you choose to follow good counsel,
divine design will watch over you
and understanding will protect you
from making poor choices.
12 It will rescue you from evil in disguise
and from those who speak duplicities.
13 For they have left the highway of holiness
and walk in the ways of darkness.
14 They take pleasure when evil prospers
and thoroughly enjoy a lifestyle of sin.
15 But they’re walking on a path to nowhere,
wandering away into deeper deception.

Wisdom, the Way of the Pure

16 Only wisdom can save you from the flattery
of the promiscuous woman—
she’s such a smooth-talking seductress!
17 She left her husband and has forgotten her wedding vows.[d]
18 You’ll find her house on the road to hell,
19 and all the men who go through her doors
will never come back to the place they were—
they will find nothing but desolation and despair.
20 Follow those who follow wisdom and stay on the right path.
21 For all my godly lovers will enjoy life to the fullest
and will inherit their destinies.[e]
22 But the treacherous ones who love darkness
will not only lose all they could have had,
they will lose even their own souls!


  1. Proverbs 2:2 As translated from the Septuagint.
  2. Proverbs 2:6 The Septuagint adds “found in his presence.”
  3. Proverbs 2:7 Or “the righteous.”
  4. Proverbs 2:17 Clearly this is a warning to those who would commit adultery, but there is a deeper meaning within this text. Proverbs tells us of two women: the adulteress and the virtuous woman of Prov. 31. Both women speak a parable of two systems in the church. One is religious and alluring, tempting the young anointed ones to come to her “bed” of compromise (Mark 7:13). The other is the holy bride, virtuous and pure, keeping her first love (“wedding vows”) for Christ alone. Her “house” is the house of the Lord. One system brings shame and despair; the other brings favor, honor, and glory. It is wisdom that protects us from one and unites us to the other. See Jer. 50–52 and Rev. 17–18.
  5. Proverbs 2:21 Literally “shall dwell in the land.”
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Proverbs 2 New International Version (NIV)

Moral Benefits of Wisdom

My son, if you accept my words
    and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
    and applying your heart to understanding
indeed, if you call out for insight
    and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
    he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
    and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Then you will understand what is right and just
    and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
    and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
    and understanding will guard you.

12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
    from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
    to walk in dark ways,
14 who delight in doing wrong
    and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15 whose paths are crooked
    and who are devious in their ways.

16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,
    from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
17 who has left the partner of her youth
    and ignored the covenant she made before God.[a]
18 Surely her house leads down to death
    and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
19 None who go to her return
    or attain the paths of life.

20 Thus you will walk in the ways of the good
    and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will live in the land,
    and the blameless will remain in it;
22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
    and the unfaithful will be torn from it.


  1. Proverbs 2:17 Or covenant of her God
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