1Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, And attend, that ye may learn understanding!
2For I give you good instruction; Forsake ye not my commandments.
3For I was my father's son, A tender and only child in the sight of my mother.
4He taught me, and said to me, Let thy heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments, and live.
5Get wisdom, get understanding; Forget not, and depart not from, the words of my mouth.
6Forsake her not, and she will guard thee: Love her, and she will preserve thee.
7Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore gain wisdom, And with all thy gain, gain understanding.
8Exalt her, and she will promote thee; She will bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her;
9She will give to thy head a graceful wreath, A beautiful crown will she bestow upon thee.
10Hear, O my son! and receive my sayings! So shall the years of thy life be many.
11I have taught thee the way of wisdom, I have guided thee in the right path.
12When thou goest, thy steps shall not be confined; And, when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go; Keep her, for she is thy life.
14Enter not into the path of the wicked, And go not in the way of evil men;
15Avoid it, pass not upon it, Turn from it, and go away.
16For they sleep not, unless they have done mischief; Yea, their sleep is taken away, unless they have caused some to fall.
17For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence.
18But the path of the righteous is as the light of dawn, Which groweth brighter and brighter unto the perfect day.
19The way of the wicked is as thick darkness; They know not at what they stumble.
20My son, attend to my words; Incline thine ear to my sayings;
21Let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep them in the midst of thy heart!
22For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.
23More than any thing which thou watchest, watch thy heart; For from it goeth forth life.
24Put away from thee a deceitful mouth, And remove far from thee perverse lips.
25Let thine eyes look straight forward, And thine eyelids be directed before thee.
26Give heed to the path of thy foot, And let all thy ways be steadfast.
27Turn not to the right hand or to the left; Remove thy foot from evil.