When I was a son with my father, 1tender, 2the only one in the sight of my mother,
he 3taught me and said to me, 4"Let your heart hold fast my words; 5keep my commandments, and live.
56Get wisdom; get 7insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; 8love her, and she will guard you.
79The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get 10insight.
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will 11honor you 12if you embrace her.
She will place on your head 13a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown."
1014Hear, 15my son, and accept my words, that 16the years of your life may be many.
I have 17taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
When you walk, 18your step will not be hampered, and 19if you run, you will not stumble.
1320Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your 21life.