1Hear , ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to knowunderstanding.2
For I give you gooddoctrine,forsake ye not my law.3
For I was my father'sson,tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.4
He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heartretain my words:keep my commandments, and live .
5Getwisdom,getunderstanding:forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.6Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
7Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore getwisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.8Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour , when thou dost embrace her.
She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crowna of glory shall she deliver to thee.
10Hear , O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many .
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in rightpaths.12
When thou goest , thy steps shall not be straitened ; and when thou runnest , thou shalt not stumble .
Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go : keep her; for she is thy life.14Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away .
For they sleep not, except they have done mischief ; and their sleep is taken away , unless they cause some to fall .
For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.18
But the path of the just is as the shininglight, that shinethmore and more unto the perfectday.19
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble .
My son,attend to my words;incline thine ear unto my sayings.21
Let them not depart from thine eyes;keep them in the midst of thine heart.22
For they are life unto those that find them, and healthb to all their flesh.23Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.24
Put away from thee a frowardcmouth, and perverselips put far from thee.
Let thine eyeslook right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established .
27Turn not to the right hand nor to the left:remove thy foot from evil.