1My son, forget not my law; but let thy heart keep my commandments;
2For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thy heart:
4So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5Trust in the LORD with all thy heart; and lean not to thy own understanding.
6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy paths.
7Be not wise in thy own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
8It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
9Honor the LORD with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all thy increase:
10So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
11My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
12For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
13Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain of it than fine gold.
15She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared to her.
16Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor.
17Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
19The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
20By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
21My son, let not them depart from thy eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
22So shall they be life to thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
23Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
24When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: but thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
25Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
26For the LORD will be thy confidence, and will keep thy foot from being taken.
27Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thy hand to do it .
28Say not to thy neighbor, Go, and come again, and to-morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
29Devise not evil against thy neighbor, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
30Strive not with a man without cause, if he hath done thee no harm.
31Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
32For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
33The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
34Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace to the lowly.
35The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.