1My son, forget not my teaching, and let thy heart keep my commandments;
2For length of days, and years of life, and peace, will they increase unto thee.
3Let kindness and truth not forsake thee; bind them about thy throat; write them upon the table of thy heart:
4So shalt thou find grace and good favor in the eyes of God and man.
5Trust in the Lord with all thy heart: and upon thy own understanding do not rely.
6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will make level thy paths.
7Be not wise in thy own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
8It will be healing to thy body, and marrow to thy bones.
9Honor the Lord with thy wealth, and with the first-fruits of all thy products:
10So shall thy storehouses be filled with plenty, and with new wine shall thy presses overflow.
11The correction of the Lord, my son, do not despise; and feel no loathing for his admonition;
12Because whomever the Lord loveth he admonisheth; and as a father who delighteth in his son.
13Happy the man that hath found wisdom, and the man that acquireth understanding.
14For the obtaining of her is better than the obtaining of silver, and better than fine gold is her product.
15She is more precious than pearls; and all the things thou valuest are not equal unto her.
16Length of days is in her right hand: in her left are riches and honor.
17Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18A tree of life is she to those that lay hold on her: and every one that firmly graspeth her will be made happy.
19The Lord hath through wisdom founded the earth: he hath established the heavens through understanding.
20By his knowledge were the depths split open, and the skies drop down the dew.
21My son, let them not be removed from thy eyes; keep before thee sound wisdom and discretion:
22And they will be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy throat.
23Then wilt thou walk in safety on thy way, and thy foot will not strike against aught:
24When thou layest thyself down, thou shalt feel no dread; and as thou liest down, thy sleep shall be pleasant.
25Thou needest not to be afraid of sudden dread, neither of the unlooked-for tempest over the wicked, when it cometh.
26For the Lord will be thy confidence, and he will guard thy foot from being caught.
27Withhold not a benefit from him who is deserving it, when it is in the power of thy hand to do it.
28Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and return, and tomorrow will I give: when thou hast it by thee.
29Contrive not against thy neighbor any evil, when he dwelleth in safety with thee.
30Quarrel not with any man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
31Envy not the man of violence, and choose none of his ways.
32For the froward is an abomination to the Lord; but with the upright is his good-will.
33The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked; but the habitation of the righteous will he bless.
34If it concern the scornful he will himself render them a scorn; but unto the lowly doth he give grace.
35The wise shall inherit glory; but fools shall obtain disgrace as their portion.