will not respond. They will seek mebut will not ﬁnd me,
because theydespised knowledge and did notchoose the fear of Yahweh;
theywould not listen to any advice andthey rejected all my warnings.
They will harvest the fruit of their evil ways and have their ﬁll of their own designs.
For the error of the ignorant leads to death, the idle-ness of fools brings about their ruin.
But whoever listens to me willfeel secure and at ease, without fearof evil.”
It is good to acquire wisdom
My son, if you heed my words andvalue my commands,
with your earattentive to wisdom and your heart obe-dient to understanding;
if you call forperception and raise your voice for in-sight;
if you seek it as silver and searchfor it more than any treasure
then youwill understand the fear of Yahweh, andyou will ﬁnd the knowledge of God.
For Yahweh gives wisdom and fromhis mouth come knowledge and insight.
He reserves his help for the upright andis a shield for those who walk in integrity;
he guards the ways of the just and pro-tects the steps of his faithful.
Then you will understand justice,discernment and integrity—all that leadsyou to happiness.
Wisdom will abide in your heart andknowledge will comfort your inner self.
Foresight will guide you and under-
standing will protect you.
It will guardyou from evil, from people of misleadingspeech,
from those who have aban-doned the ways of honesty to walk theroads of darkness;
they rejoice in evil-doing, they revel in perversions;
theirpaths are crooked and their ways devious.
Wisdom keeps you from the alienwoman, from the stranger with hersmooth words,
who deserts the partnerof her youth and forgets the covenant of her God.
For her house inclines towards death,her paths towards the grave.
Thosewho go to her never return, they do notregain the paths of life.
So you will walk along the way of the good, and keep to the paths of thevirtuous.
For the honest will inherit theland; the people of integrity will live on it.
The evildoers instead will be cut off from the land. The wicked will be rootedout of it.
My son,do not forget my instruction,my commands; keep them in yourheart.
For they will bring you length of days, years of life and peace.
Let loyalty and kindness never leaveyou; tie them around your neck, writethem on the tablet of your heart,
thatyou may ﬁnd favor and a good name inthe eyes of God and people.
Put wisdom into practice
Trust in Yahweh with all your heart;do not rely on your own insight.
Let hispresence pervade all your ways and hewill protect your foot from the snare.
world. All are invited, however, to come out oftheir passivity.
They did not choose the fear of Yahweh
.It is easy to excuse oneself: “There is no mal-ice on my part; it is a question of negligence.”Wisdom rejects these excuses. Negligence is aform of contempt for God.•
1 The wisdom of God protects thosewho love it against evil inﬂuences. They are nolonger like straw carried off by the wind, or inour world a number lost in the crowd, submis-sive to the pressure of media and the attrac-tions of the consumer world. They resist thecall of drunkards, of frivolous women and ofunscrupulous companions.•
5 The ﬁrst paragraph deals with the at-titudes leading to wisdom: humility, being will-ing to sacriﬁce what God wants, not becomingdiscouraged when the Lord corrects us, that isto say, when we are tested (see Heb 12:5 andRev 3:19).The proverbs insist on the value of advice,discipline, correction: to live as one pleases,according to one’s fantasies causes all sorts ofmisfortune: this is a saying of Proverbs (see5:12).
Then the years of your life will be multi- plied
(4:10). The teachings of wisdom assureyou of life and well-being. It is even healthy forthe body (3:8 and 4:22).
Mt 13:44-46;Job28:28Is 14:9Ps 37:9;37:29Mt 5:46:21;7:3;Dt 6:6-9Rom 12:16-17;Lk 2:52