1. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”

2 “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.”

3 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

4 “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.”

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