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.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her.
She will place on your head a fair garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown."
Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many.
I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
When you walk, your step will not be hampered; and if you run, you will not stumble.
Keep hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.
Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil men.