1 My son, forget not my law; but let thy heart keep my commandments;
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thy heart:
4 So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thy heart; and lean not to thy own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thy own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
9 Honor the LORD with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all thy increase:
10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son [in whom] he delighteth.
13 Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisdom, and the man [that] getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it [is] better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain of it than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared to her.
16 Length of days [is] in her right hand; [and] in her left hand riches and honor.
17 Her ways [are] ways of pleasantness, and all her paths [are] peace.
18 She [is] a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy [is every one] that retaineth her.
19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.