My son,1 do not forget my teaching,2 but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years3 and bring you prosperity.43
Let love and faithfulness5 never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.64
Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.75
Trust in the LORD 8 with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths9 straight.a107
Do not be wise in your own eyes;11 fear the LORD 12 and shun evil.138
This will bring health to your body14 and nourishment to your bones.159
Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits16 of all your crops;
then your barns will be filled17 to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.1811
My son,19 do not despise the LORD's discipline20 and do not resent his rebuke,
because the LORD disciplines those he loves,21 as a fatherb the son he delights in.2213
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.2315
She is more precious than rubies;24 nothing you desire can compare with her.2516
Long life is in her right hand;26 in her left hand are riches and honor.2717
Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.2818
She is a tree of life29 to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.3019
By wisdom31 the LORD laid the earth's foundations,32 by understanding he set the heavens33 in place;
by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
My son,34 preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;3522
they will be life for you,36 an ornament to grace your neck.3723
Then you will go on your way in safety,38 and your foot will not stumble;3924
when you lie down,40 you will not be afraid;41 when you lie down, your sleep42 will be sweet.
Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
for the LORD will be your confidence43 and will keep your foot44 from being snared.4527
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"-- when you now have it with you.4629
Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.4730
Do not accuse a man for no reason-- when he has done you no harm.
Do not envy48 a violent man or choose any of his ways,
for the LORD detests a perverse man49 but takes the upright into his confidence.5033
The LORD's curse51 is on the house of the wicked,52 but he blesses the home of the righteous.5334
He mocks54 proud mockers55 but gives grace to the humble.5635
The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.