My son, ado not forget my teaching, But let your heart bkeep my commandments;
For alength of days and years of life And peace they will add to you.
Do not let akindness and truth leave you; bBind them around your neck, cWrite them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will afind favor and bgood repute In the sight of God and man.
aTrust in the Lord with all your heart And bdo not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways aacknowledge Him, And He will bmake your paths straight.
aDo not be wise in your own eyes; bFear the Lord and turn away from evil.
It will be ahealing to your body And brefreshment to your bones.
aHonor the Lord from your wealth And from the bfirst of all your produce;
So your abarns will be filled with plenty And your bvats will overflow with new wine.
aMy son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord Or loathe His reproof,
For awhom the Lord loves He reproves, Even bas a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
aHow blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding.
For her aprofit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold.
She is amore precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.
aLong life is in her right hand; In her left hand are briches and honor.
Her aways are pleasant ways And all her paths are bpeace.
She is a atree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.
The Lord aby wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He bestablished the heavens.
By His knowledge the adeeps were broken up And the bskies drip with dew.
My son, alet them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
So they will be alife to your soul And badornment to your neck.
Then you will awalk in your way securely And your foot will not bstumble.
When you alie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
aDo not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the bonslaught of the wicked when it comes;
For the Lord will be your confidence And will akeep your foot from being caught.
aDo not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it.
aDo not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you.
aDo not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you.
aDo not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.
aDo not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways.
For the adevious are an abomination to the Lord; But He is bintimate with the upright.
The acurse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, But He bblesses the dwelling of the righteous.
Though aHe scoffs at the scoffers, Yet bHe gives grace to the afflicted.
aThe wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.