ear, ye sons, the instruction of a father, and attend to
. .2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my teaching.
. .3 When I was my father's son, tender and the only child in
sight of my mother,
. .4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my
words: keep my commandments, and live.
. .5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline
from the words of my mouth.
. .6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and
she shall keep thee.
. .7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with
all thy getting get understanding.
. .8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to
honour, when thou dost embrace her.
. .9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of
glory shall she deliver to thee.
. .10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy
life shall be many.
. .11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in
. .12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be impeded; and when
thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
. .13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for
she is thy life.
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way
of evil men.
. .15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass on.
. .16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their
sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
. .17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of
. .18 But the path of the just is as the dawning light, that shineth
more and more unto the full light of day.
. .19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
. .21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of
. .22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it flow the
issues of life.
. .24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far
. .25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thy gaze look
straight before thee.
. .26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and all thy ways shall be
. .27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot