for I give you good 1precepts; do not forsake my teaching.
When I was a son with my father, 2tender, 3the only one in the sight of my mother,
he 4taught me and said to me, 5"Let your heart hold fast my words; 6keep my commandments, and live.
57Get wisdom; get 8insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; 9love her, and she will guard you.
710The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get 11insight.
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will 12honor you 13if you embrace her.
She will place on your head 14a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown."
1015Hear, 16my son, and accept my words, that 17the years of your life may be many.
I have 18taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
When you walk, 19your step will not be hampered, and 20if you run, you will not stumble.