There are thorns and snares on the path of the crooked; the one who guards himself stays far from them.
Listen, my son, and be wise; keep your mind on the right course.
The one who trusts in himself is a fool, but one who walks in wisdom will be safe.
"Only be on your guard and diligently watch yourselves, so that you don't forget the things your eyes have seen and so that they don't slip from your mind as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your grandchildren.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.
See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.
The heart is more deceitful than anything else and desperately sick-- who can understand it?
Stay awake and pray so that you won't enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many.
with all diligence
Wisdom is supreme-- so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding.
Maintain [your] competence and discretion. My son, don't lose sight of them.
A gracious woman gains honor, but violent men gain [only] riches.
The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.
There is a sickening tragedy I have seen under the sun: wealth kept by its owner to his harm.
A good man produces good things from his storeroom of good, and an evil man produces evil things from his storeroom of evil.
For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies.
For from within, out of people's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders,
adulteries, greed, evil actions, deceit, lewdness, stinginess, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness.
All these evil things come from within and defile a person."
But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires.
Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.