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.
Don't turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you.
Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And whatever else you do, get good judgment.
If you prize wisdom, she will exalt you. Embrace her and she will honor you.
She will place a lovely wreath on your head; she will present you with a beautiful crown."
My child, a listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life.
I will teach you wisdom's ways and lead you in straight paths.
If you live a life guided by wisdom, you won't limp or stumble as you run.
Carry out my instructions; don't forsake them. Guard them, for they will lead you to a fulfilled life.
Do not do as the wicked do or follow the path of evildoers.
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)