Listen, my sons,1 to a father's instruction;2 pay attention and gain understanding.32
I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
When I was a boy in my father's house, still tender, and an only child of my mother,
he taught me and said, "Lay hold4 of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.55
Get wisdom,6 get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;7 love her, and she will watch over you.8