Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting, get understanding.
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee; she shall bring thee honor when thou dost embrace her.
She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee."
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of thy life shall be many.
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
Hold fast to instruction, let her not go; keep her, for she is thy life.
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men;
avoid it, pass not by it; turn from it and pass away.
For they sleep not unless they have done mischief, and their sleep is taken away unless they cause some to fall.
For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.