There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.119
Listen, my son,2 and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path.
Do not join those who drink too much wine3 or gorge themselves on meat,
for drunkards and gluttons become poor,4 and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.523
Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.624
The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.725
May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!826
My son,9 give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways,1027
for a prostitute is a deep pit11 and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
Like a bandit she lies in wait,12 and multiplies the unfaithful among men.