I think I changed my mind about the translations. I think I’m just gonna stick with The Message (MSG) translation. Also, this is paraphrased. You should go read it for yourself. 😉
1-5: Take in the words with our heart and guard them with our lives. Listen to wisdom and set our heart to a life of understanding. If we prioritize insight, don’t take no for an answer, we will receive the fear of God and have the knowledge of God.
6-8: We will have the fear and knowledge of God because He gives wisdom for free, God speaks plainly in knowledge and understanding, he gives common sense if we live well, he is A PERSONAL BODYGAURD (that hit hard if you can’t tell. Sheesh!) if we are candid and sincere. God watches those who live honestly and pays special attention to those who are loyally committed.
9-15: We can pick out what is true and fair. Wisdom will be our close friend. Knowledge will be our pleasant companion. Good sense will look ahead for danger. Insight will keep an eye out for us. All of them will keep us from making wrong turns or following bad directions given by lost people. These people are losers who make a game of evil, throwing parties to celebrate perversity, traveling paths that go nowhere, wandering in a maze of detours and dead ends.
16-19: Wise friends will rescue us from the temptress, the smooth talking seductress, who is faithless to her husband, who never thought about the promises made to God, she is doomed, walking closer to hell. People that join her do not come back or get on the path to real living.
20-22: Join the company of good men and women, keeping your feet on the tried and true paths. Men who walk straight settle the land. Women with integrity last here. The corrupt lose their lives. The dishonest are gone for good.
I kinda wanted to have something to say. However, I’s tired boss. Maybe I’ll have nice flowery words at some point. The great thing about it though, is that the Word of God really needs nothing else. It’s good all by itself.