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.
We shall find all kinds of costly things; we shall fill our houses with booty.
Throw in your lot among us; we will all have one purse"—
my child, do not walk in their way, keep your foot from their paths;