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.10