Listen, my sons,1 to a father's instruction;2 pay attention and gain understanding.32
I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
When I was a boy in my father's house, still tender, and an only child of my mother,
he taught me and said, "Lay hold4 of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.55
Get wisdom,6 get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;7 love her, and she will watch over you.87
Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all9 you have,a get understanding.108
Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.119
She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor.12"
Listen, my son,13 accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.1411
I guide15 you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.1612
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.1713
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.18