Listen, my son,1 and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path.
Do not join those who drink too much wine2 or gorge themselves on meat,
for drunkards and gluttons become poor,3 and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.423
Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.524
The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.625
May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!726
My son,8 give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways,927
for a prostitute is a deep pit10 and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
Like a bandit she lies in wait,11 and multiplies the unfaithful among men.