- Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know intelligence;
- for I give you good doctrine: forsake ye not my law.
- For I was a son unto my father, tender and an only one in the sight of my mother.
- And he taught me, and said unto me, Let thy heart retain my words;
keep my commandments and live.
- Get wisdom, get intelligence: forget [it] not;
neither decline from the words of my mouth.
- Forsake her not, and she shall keep thee;
love her, and she shall preserve thee.
- The beginning of wisdom [is], Get wisdom;
and with all thy getting get intelligence.
- Exalt her, and she shall promote thee;
she shall bring thee to honour when thou dost embrace her.
- She shall give to thy head a garland of grace;
a crown of glory will she bestow upon thee.
- Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of thy life shall be multiplied.
- I will teach thee in the way of wisdom, I will lead thee in paths of uprightness.
- When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened;
and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
- Take fast hold of 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 except they have done mischief, and their sleep is taken away unless they have caused [some] to fall.
- For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
- But the path of the righteous is as the shining light, going on and brightening until the day be fully come.
- The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
- My son, attend to my words;
incline thine ear unto my sayings.
- Let them not depart from thine eyes;
keep them in the midst of thy heart.
- For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
- Keep thy heart more than anything that is guarded;
for out of it are the issues of life.
- Put away from thee perverseness of mouth, and corrupt lips put far from thee.
- Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
- Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be well-ordered.
- Turn not to the right hand nor to the left;
remove thy foot from evil.