Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight;
for I give you good precepts: do not forsake my teaching.
When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,
he taught me, and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live;
do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Get wisdom; get insight.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you.
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)