11Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may 2gaina insight,
for I give you good 3precepts; do not forsake my teaching.
When I was a son with my father, 4tender, 5the only one in the sight of my mother,
he 6taught me and said to me, 7"Let your heart hold fast my words; 8keep my commandments, and live.
59Get wisdom; get 10insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; 11love her, and she will guard you.
712The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get 13insight.
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will 14honor you 15if you embrace her.
She will place on your head 16a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown."
1017Hear, 18my son, and accept my words, that 19the years of your life may be many.
I have 20taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.