1Hear, O sons, the 1instruction of a father, And 2giveattention that you may againunderstanding,
For I give you bsound3teaching; 4Do not abandon my cinstruction.
3When I was a son to my father, 5Tender and 6the onlyson in the sight of my mother,
Then he 7taught me and said to me, "Let your heart8holdfast my words; 9Keep my commandments and live;
510Acquirewisdom! 11Acquireunderstanding! Do not forgetnorturnaway from the words of my mouth.
"Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; 12Love her, and she will watch over you.
"13The dbeginning of wisdom is: 14Acquirewisdom; And with all your acquiring, getunderstanding.
"15Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.
"She will place16on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty."
10Hear, my son, and 17accept my sayings And the 18years of your life will be many.
I have 19directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in uprightpaths.
When you walk, your 20steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you 21will not stumble.
1322Takehold of instruction; do not letgo. Guard her, for she is your 23life.
1424Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evilmen.
15Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turnaway from it and pass on.
For they 25cannotsleepunless they doevil; And ethey are robbed of sleepunless they make someone stumble.
For they 26eat the bread of wickedness And drink the wine of violence.
But the 27path of the righteous is like the 28light of dawn, That 29shinesbrighter and brighteruntil the 30fullday.
The 31way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they f32stumble.
My son, 33giveattention to my words; 34Incline your ear to my sayings.
2135Do not let them depart from your sight; 36Keep them in the midst of your heart.
For they are 37life to those who find them And 38health to allgtheir body.
23Watch over your heart with alldiligence, For 39from it flow the springs of life.
24Putaway from you a 40deceitfulmouth And 41putdevioushspeechfar from you.
Let your eyeslookdirectlyahead And let your igaze be fixedstraight in front of you.
2642Watch the path of your feet And all your 43ways will be established.
2744Do not turn to the rightnor to the left; 45Turn your foot from evil.