Listen, my son,1 accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.211
I guide3 you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.412
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.513
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.614
Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.715
Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
For they cannot sleep till they do evil;8 they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.
They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.918
The path of the righteous10 is like the first gleam of dawn,11 shining ever brighter till the full light of day.1219
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;13 they do not know what makes them stumble.1420
My son,15 pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.16