That men may know wisdom and instruction, understand words of insight,
receive instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity;
that prudence may be given to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth--
the wise man also may hear and increase in learning, and the man of understanding acquire skill,
to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and reject not your mother's teaching;
for they are a fair garland for your head, and pendants for your neck.
My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
If they say, "Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us wantonly ambush the innocent;
like Sheol let us swallow them alive and whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)