1My son, do not forget my commands and keep my teachings in your heart,
2for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.
3Do not let covenant faithfulness and trustworthiness ever leave you, tie them together about your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Then you will find favor and a good reputation in the sight of God and man.
5Trust in Yahweh with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding;
6in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.
7Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Yahweh and turn away from evil.
8It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment for your body.
9Honor Yahweh with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce,
10and your storehouses will be filled up and your vats will be bursting, full of new wine.
11My son, do not despise Yahweh's instruction and do not hate his rebuke,
12for Yahweh disciplines those he loves, as a father deals with a son who pleases him.
13The one who finds wisdom is blessed; he also gets understanding.
14What you gain from wisdom is better than what silver will give in return and its profit is better than gold.
15Wisdom is more precious than jewels and nothing you desire can compare to her.
16She has length of days in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
17Her ways are ways of kindness and all her paths are peace.
18She is a tree of life to those who take hold of it, those who hold on to it are happy.
19By wisdom Yahweh founded the earth, by understanding he established the heavens.
20By his knowledge the depths broke open and the clouds dropped their dew.
21My son, keep sound judgment and discernment, and do not lose sight of them.
22They will be life to your soul and an adornment of favor to wear around your neck.
23Then you will walk on your way in safety and your foot will not stumble;
24when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25Do not be afraid of sudden terror or devastation caused by the wicked, when it comes,
26for Yahweh will be on your side and will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.
27Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
28Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give it,” when you have the money with you.
29Do not make a plan to harm your neighbor— the one who lives close and trusts you.
30Do not argue with a person without a reason, when he has done nothing to harm you.
31Do not envy a violent person or choose any of his ways.
32For the devious person is detestable to Yahweh, but he brings the upright person into his confidence.
33The curse of Yahweh is on the house of the wicked person, but he blesses the home of righteous people.
34He mocks mockers, but he gives his favor to humble people.
35Wise people inherit honor, but fools will be lifted up in their shame.