The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way,
But the foolishness of fools is deceit.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments;
His praise endures forever.
Oh that my ways may be established
To keep Your statutes!
Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law
And keep it with all my heart.
Your hands made me and fashioned me;
Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning;
For I trust in You;
Teach me the way in which I should walk;
For to You I lift up my soul.
Then you will discern righteousness and justice
And equity and every good course.
“I walk in the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
The wicked earns deceptive wages,
But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.
“Lift up your eyes and see
Those coming from the north.
Where is the flock that was given you,
Your beautiful sheep?
And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’
that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.