1My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

 2So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

 3Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

 4If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

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

 6For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

 7He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.

 8He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.