Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all1 you have,a get understanding.28
Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.39
She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor.4"
Listen, my son,5 accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.611
I guide7 you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.812
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.913
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.1014
Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.1115
Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
For they cannot sleep till they do evil;12 they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.
They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.13