Listen, my sons,1 to a father's instruction;2 pay attention and gain understanding.32
I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother.
Then he taught me, and he said to me, "Take hold4 of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live.55
Get wisdom,6 get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;7 love her, and she will watch over you.87
The beginning of wisdom is this: Geta wisdom. Though it cost all9 you have,b get understanding.108
Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.119
She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.12"
Listen, my son,13 accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.1411
I instruct15 you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.1612
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.1713
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.1814
Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.1915
Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
For they cannot rest until they do evil;20 they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.2118
The path of the righteous22 is like the morning sun,23 shining ever brighter till the full light of day.2419
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;25 they do not know what makes them stumble.2620
My son,27 pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.2821
Do not let them out of your sight,29 keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them and health to one's whole body.3023
Above all else, guard31 your heart, for everything you do flows from it.3224
Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Let your eyes33 look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to thec paths for your feet34 and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left;35 keep your foot from evil.