9 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. 11 Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. 12 Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted. 13 These men turn from the right way to walk down dark paths. 14 They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil. 15 Their actions are crooked, and their ways are wrong. 16 Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman. 17 She has abandoned her husband and ignores the covenant she made before God. 18 Entering her house leads to death; it is the road to the grave. 19 The man who visits her is doomed. He will never reach the paths of life. 20 So follow the steps of the good, and stay on the paths of the righteous. 21 For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it. 22 But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be uprooted.
This Proverb reminds us that we are to develop the intellectual capacity and moral insight to discern what is “right”, “just”, and “fair”. Wisdom will take up its place in our inner life, and knowledge will be pleasant (attractive and attracting) to the soul. When a person gains wisdom, doing right becomes attractive for they see the advantage of it. More than that this wisdom will manifest itself in discretion and discernment that protect from evil.
Father may it be that I seek after You and the wisdom You bring.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta