Proverbs 2
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1  My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and lay up my commandments with thee;

א  בְּנִי אִם תִּקַּח אֲמָרָי וּמִצְו‍ֹתַי תִּצְפֹּן אִתָּךְ.

2  So that thou make thine ear attend unto wisdom, and thy heart incline to discernment;

ב  לְהַקְשִׁיב לַחָכְמָה אָזְנֶךָ תַּטֶּה לִבְּךָ לַתְּבוּנָה.

3  Yea, if thou call for understanding, and lift up thy voice for discernment;

ג  כִּי אִם לַבִּינָה תִקְרָא לַתְּבוּנָה תִּתֵּן קוֹלֶךָ.

4  If thou seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

ד  אִם תְּבַקְשֶׁנָּה כַכָּסֶף וְכַמַּטְמוֹנִים תַּחְפְּשֶׂנָּה.

5  Then shalt thou understand the fear of Hashem, and find the knowledge of God.

ה  אָז תָּבִין יִרְאַת יְהוָה וְדַעַת אֱלֹהִים תִּמְצָא.

6  For Hashem giveth wisdom, out of His mouth cometh knowledge and discernment;

ו  כִּי יְהוָה יִתֵּן חָכְמָה מִפִּיו דַּעַת וּתְבוּנָה.

7  He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright, He is a shield to them that walk in integrity;

ז  וצפן (יִצְפֹּן)לַיְשָׁרִים תּוּשִׁיָּה מָגֵן לְהֹלְכֵי תֹם.

8  That He may guard the paths of justice, and preserve the way of His godly ones.

ח  לִנְצֹר אָרְחוֹת מִשְׁפָּט וְדֶרֶךְ חֲסִידָו יִשְׁמֹר.

9  Then shalt thou understand righteousness and justice, and equity, yea, every good path.

ט  אָז תָּבִין צֶדֶק וּמִשְׁפָּט וּמֵישָׁרִים כָּל מַעְגַּל טוֹב.

10  For wisdom shall enter into thy heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant unto thy soul;

י  כִּי תָבוֹא חָכְמָה בְלִבֶּךָ וְדַעַת לְנַפְשְׁךָ יִנְעָם.

11  Discretion shall watch over thee, discernment shall guard thee;

יא  מְזִמָּה תִּשְׁמֹר עָלֶיךָ תְּבוּנָה תִנְצְרֶכָּה.

12  To deliver thee from the way of evil, from the men that speak froward things;

יב  לְהַצִּילְךָ מִדֶּרֶךְ רָע מֵאִישׁ מְדַבֵּר תַּהְפֻּכוֹת.

13  Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

יג  הַעֹזְבִים אָרְחוֹת יֹשֶׁר לָלֶכֶת בְּדַרְכֵי חֹשֶׁךְ.

14  Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of evil;

יד  הַשְּׂמֵחִים לַעֲשׂוֹת רָע יָגִילוּ בְּתַהְפֻּכוֹת רָע.

15  Who are crooked in their ways, and perverse in their paths;

טו  אֲשֶׁר אָרְחֹתֵיהֶם עִקְּשִׁים וּנְלוֹזִים בְּמַעְגְּלוֹתָם.

16  To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the alien woman that maketh smooth her words;

טז  לְהַצִּילְךָ מֵאִשָּׁה זָרָה מִנָּכְרִיָּה אֲמָרֶיהָ הֶחֱלִיקָה.

17  That forsaketh the lord of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.

יז  הַעֹזֶבֶת אַלּוּף נְעוּרֶיהָ וְאֶת בְּרִית אֱלֹהֶיהָ שָׁכֵחָה.

18  For her house sinketh down unto death, and her paths unto the shades;

יח  כִּי שָׁחָה אֶל מָוֶת בֵּיתָהּ וְאֶל רְפָאִים מַעְגְּלֹתֶיהָ.

19  None that go unto her return, neither do they attain unto the paths of life;

יט  כָּל בָּאֶיהָ לֹא יְשׁוּבוּן וְלֹא יַשִּׂיגוּ אָרְחוֹת חַיִּים.

20  That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

כ  לְמַעַן תֵּלֵךְ בְּדֶרֶךְ טוֹבִים וְאָרְחוֹת צַדִּיקִים תִּשְׁמֹר.

21  For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the whole-hearted shall remain in it.

kee y’-sha-REEM yish-k’-NU A-retz ut-mee-MEEM yi-va-t’-RU vah.

כא  כִּי יְשָׁרִים יִשְׁכְּנוּ אָרֶץ וּתְמִימִים יִוָּתְרוּ בָהּ.

2:21   For the upright shall dwell in the land

King Solomon reminds us of God’s promise to the Israelites in the desert, that if they walk in His ways, they will remain in the land which He has given them (see Deuteronomy 4). The Land of Israel is promised to those who remain steadfast in their commitment to God’s words, not just in deed, but in thought.

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22  But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, and the faithless shall be plucked up out of it.

כב  וּרְשָׁעִים מֵאֶרֶץ יִכָּרֵתוּ וּבוֹגְדִים יִסְּחוּ מִמֶּנָּה.

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