Listen, [my] sons, to a father's discipline, and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,
for I am giving you good instruction. Don't abandon my teaching.
When I was a son with my father, tender and precious to my mother,
he taught me and said: "Your heart must hold on to my words. Keep my commands and live.a5
Get wisdom, get understanding;b don't forget or turn away from the words of my mouth.
Don't abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you; love her, and she will guard you.
Wisdom is supreme-so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding.c8
Cherish her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you.
She will place a garland of grace on your head; she will give you a crown of beauty."d
Listen, my son. Accept my words, and you will live many years.
I am teaching you the way of wisdom; I am guiding you on straight paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered; when you run, you will not stumble.
Hold on to instruction; don't let go. Guard it, for it is your life.