Good friend, take to heart what I'm telling you;
collect my counsels and guard them with your life.
2 Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom;
set your heart on a life of Understanding.
3 That's right — if you make Insight your priority,
and won't take no for an answer,
4 Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold,
like an adventurer on a treasure hunt,
5 Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-GOD will be yours;
you'll have come upon the Knowledge of God.
(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)