For learning about wisdom and instruction, for understanding words of insight,
for gaining instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity;
to teach shrewdness to the simple, knowledge and prudence to the young—
let the wise also hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skill,
to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Hear, my child, your father's instruction, and do not reject your mother's teaching;
for they are a fair garland for your head, and pendants for your neck.
My child, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
If they say, "Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us wantonly ambush the innocent;
like Sheol let us swallow them alive and whole, like those who go down to the Pit.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (New Revised Standard Bible Version Online)