1 My son, keep my teaching in your memory, and my rules in your heart:
2 For they will give you increase of days, years of life, and peace.
3 Let not mercy and good faith go from you; let them be hanging round your neck, recorded on your heart;
4 So you will have grace and a good name in the eyes of God and men.
5 Put all your hope in God, not looking to your reason for support.
6 In all your ways give ear to him, and he will make straight your footsteps.
7 Put no high value on your wisdom: let the fear of the Lord be before you, and keep yourself from evil:
8 This will give strength to your flesh, and new life to your bones.
9 Give honour to the Lord with your wealth, and with the first-fruits of all your increase:
10 So your store-houses will be full of grain, and your vessels overflowing with new wine.
11 My son, do not make your heart hard against the Lord's teaching; do not be made angry by his training:
12 For to those who are dear to him the Lord says sharp words, and makes the son in whom he has delight undergo pain.
13 Happy is the man who makes discovery of wisdom, and he who gets knowledge.
14 For trading in it is better than trading in silver, and its profit greater than bright gold.
15 She is of more value than jewels, and nothing for which you may have a desire is fair in comparison with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand, and in her left are wealth and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of delight, and all her goings are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to all who take her in their hands, and happy is everyone who keeps her.
19 The Lord by wisdom put in position the bases of the earth; by reason he put the heavens in their place.
20 By his knowledge the deep was parted, and dew came dropping from the skies.