Proverbs 1:2-12 MSG

2 Written down so we'll know how to live well and right, to understand what life means and where it's going;
3 A manual for living, for learning what's right and just and fair;
4 To teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality.
5 There's something here also for seasoned men and women,
6 still a thing or two for the experienced to learn - Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate, the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women. Start with God
7 Start with God - the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
8 Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you; never forget what you learned at your mother's knee.
9 Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair, like rings on your fingers.
10 Dear friend, if bad companions tempt you, don't go along with them.
11 If they say - "Let's go out and raise some hell. Let's beat up some old man, mug some old woman.
12 Let's pick them clean and get them ready for their funerals.