My son, don't forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;
for they will bring you many days, a full life,a and well-being.b3
Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.c4
Then you will find favor and high regard in the sight of God and man.d5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;
think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.e7
Don't consider yourself to be wise;f fear the Lord and turn away from evil.g8
This will be healing for your bodyh and strengthening for your bones.
Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest;i10
then your barns will be completely filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine.j11
Do not despise the Lord's instruction, my son, and do not loathe His discipline;k12
for the Lord disciplines the one He loves, just as a father, the son he delights in.l
Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver, and her revenue is better than gold.m15
She is more precious than jewels; nothing you desire compares with her.n16
Long lifeo is in her right hand; in her left, riches and honor.p17
Her ways are pleasant, and all her paths, peaceful.
She is a tree of life to those who embrace her, and those who hold on to her are happy.
The Lord founded the earth by wisdom and established the heavens by understanding.
By His knowledge the watery depths broke open,q and the clouds dripped with dew.