My son,forget not my law; but let thine heartkeep my commandments:2
For length of days, and longalife, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Let not mercy and truthforsake thee: bind them about thy neck;write them upon the table of thine heart:4
So shalt thou findfavour and goodbunderstanding in the sight of God and man.5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.6
In all thy waysacknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.7
Be not wise in thine own eyes:fear the LORD, and depart from evil.8
It shall be healthc to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.9Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:10
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.11
My son,despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:12
For whom the LORDloveth he correcteth ; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth .
13Happy is the man that findethwisdom, and the man that gettethunderstanding.14
For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.15
She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left handriches and honour.17
Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.18
She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he establishedd the heavens.20
By his knowledge the depths are broken up , and the clouds drop down the dew.21
My son, let not them depart from thine eyes:keep sound wisdom and discretion:22
So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.23
Then shalt thou walk in thy waysafely, and thy foot shall not stumble .
When thou liest down , thou shalt not be afraid : yea, thou shalt lie down , and thy sleep shall be sweet .
Be not afraid of suddenfear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh .
For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.27Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
28Say not unto thy neighbour,Go , and come again , and to morrow I will give ; when thou hast it by thee.
29Devisee not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwellethsecurely by thee.
30Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.31Envy thou not the oppressor ,f and choose none of his ways.32
For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.33
The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.34
Surely he scorneth the scorners : but he givethgrace unto the lowly .
The wise shall inheritglory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.