My children, a listen to me. Listen to your father's instruction. Pay attention and grow wise,
for I am giving you good guidance. Don't turn away from my teaching.
For I, too, was once my father's son, tenderly loved by my mother as an only child.
My father told me, "Take my words to heart. Follow my instructions and you will live.
Learn to be wise, and develop good judgment. Don't forget or turn away from my words.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)