Then he 1taught me and said to me, "Let your heart2holdfast my words; 3Keep my commandments and live;
54Acquirewisdom! 5Acquireunderstanding! Do not forgetnorturnaway from the words of my mouth.
"Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; 6Love her, and she will watch over you.
"7The abeginning of wisdom is: 8Acquirewisdom; And with all your acquiring, getunderstanding.
"9Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.
"She will place10on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty."
10Hear, my son, and 11accept my sayings And the 12years of your life will be many.
I have 13directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in uprightpaths.
When you walk, your 14steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you 15will not stumble.
1316Takehold of instruction; do not letgo. Guard her, for she is your 17life.
1418Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evilmen.