3 My child, 1 do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep 2 my commandments,
2 for they will provide 3 a long and full life, 4
and they will add well-being 5 to you.
3 Do not let truth and mercy 6 leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart. 7
4 Then you will find 8 favor and good understanding, 9
in the sight of God and people. 10
5 Trust 11 in the Lord with all your heart, 12
and do not rely 13 on your own understanding. 14
6 Acknowledge 15 him in all your ways, 16
and he will make your paths straight. 17
7 Do not be wise in your own estimation; 18
fear the Lord and turn away from evil. 19
8 This will bring 20 healing to your body, 21
and refreshment 22 to your inner self. 23
9 Honor 24 the Lord from your wealth
and from the first fruits of all your crops; 25
10 then your barns will be filled completely, 26
and your vats 27 will overflow 28 with new wine.
11 My child, do not despise discipline from the Lord, 29
and do not loathe 30 his rebuke.
12 For the Lord disciplines 31 those he loves,
just as a father 32 disciplines 33 the son in whom he delights.
13 Blessed 34 is the one 35 who finds 36 wisdom,
and the one who obtains 37 understanding.
14 For her 38 benefit 39 is more profitable 40 than silver,
and her 41 gain 42 is better 43 than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies,
and none of the things 44 you desire 45 can compare 46 with her. 47
16 Long life 48 is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are very pleasant, 49
and all her paths are peaceful.
18 She is like 50 a tree of life 51 to those who obtain her, 52
and everyone who grasps hold of her will be blessed. 53
19 By wisdom the Lord laid the foundation of the earth; 54
he established the heavens by understanding. 55
20 By his knowledge the primordial sea 56 was broken open, 57
and the clouds drip down dew. 58
21 My child, do not let them 59 escape from your sight;
safeguard sound wisdom and discretion. 60
22 So 61 they will give 62 life to you, 63
and grace to adorn 64 your neck. 65
23 Then you will walk on your way 66 with security,
and you 67 will not stumble. 68
24 When 69 you lie down you will not be filled with fear; 70
when 71 you lie down your sleep will be pleasant. 72
25 You will not be afraid 73 of sudden 74 disaster, 75
or when destruction overtakes 76 the wicked; 77
26 for the Lord will be 78 the source of your confidence, 79
and he will guard your foot 80 from being caught in a trap. 81
27 Do not withhold good from those who need it, 82
when 83 you 84 have the ability 85 to help. 86
28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go! Return tomorrow
and I will give it,” when 87 you have it with you at the time. 88
29 Do not plot 89 evil against your neighbor
when 90 he dwells by you unsuspectingly.
30 Do not accuse 91 anyone 92 without legitimate cause, 93
if he has not treated you wrongly.
31 Do not envy a violent man, 94
and do not choose to imitate 95 any of his ways;
32 for one who goes astray 96 is an abomination 97 to the Lord,
but he reveals 98 his intimate counsel 99 to the upright.
33 The Lord’s curse 100 is on the household 101 of the wicked, 102
but he blesses 103 the home 104 of the righteous. 105
34 Although 106 he is scornful to arrogant scoffers, 107
yet 108 he shows favor to the humble. 109
35 The wise inherit honor,
but he holds fools up 110 to public contempt. 111
4 Listen, children, 1 to a father’s instruction, 2
and pay attention so that 3 you may gain 4 discernment.
2 Because I give 5 you good instruction, 6
do not forsake my teaching.
3 When I was a son to my father, 7
a tender only child 8 before my mother,
4 he taught me, and he said to me:
“Let your heart lay hold of my words;
keep my commands so that 9 you will live.
5 Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding;
do not forget and do not turn aside from the words I speak. 10
6 Do not forsake wisdom, 11 and she will protect you;
love her, and she will guard you.
7 Wisdom is supreme 12 – so 13 acquire wisdom,
and whatever you acquire, 14 acquire understanding! 15
8 Esteem her highly 16 and she will exalt you;
she will honor you if you embrace her.
9 She will place a fair 17 garland on your head;
she will bestow 18 a beautiful crown 19 on you.”
10 Listen, my child, 20 and accept my words,
so that 21 the years of your life will be many. 22
11 I will guide you 23 in the way of wisdom
and I will lead you in upright paths. 24
12 When you walk, your steps 25 will not be hampered, 26
and when you run, 27 you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, 28 do not let it go;
protect it, 29 because it is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked
or walk 30 in the way of those who are evil.
15 Avoid it, do not go on it;
turn away from it, and go on. 31
16 For they cannot sleep unless they cause harm; 32
they are robbed of sleep 33 until they make someone stumble. 34
17 For they eat bread 35 gained from wickedness 36
and drink wine obtained from violence. 37
18 But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light, 38
growing brighter and brighter 39 until full day. 40
19 The way of the wicked is like gloomy darkness; 41
they do not know what causes them to stumble. 42
20 My child, pay attention to my words;
listen attentively 43 to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart 44 from your sight,
guard 45 them within your heart; 46
22 for they are life to those who find them
and healing to one’s entire body. 47
23 Guard your heart with all vigilance, 48
for from it are the sources 49 of life.
24 Remove perverse speech 50 from your mouth; 51
keep devious talk far from your lips. 52
25 Let your eyes look directly 53 in front of you
and let your gaze 54 look straight before you.
26 Make the path for your feet 55 level, 56
so that 57 all your ways may be established. 58
27 Do not turn 59 to the right or to the left;
turn yourself 60 away from evil. 61
5 My child, 1 be attentive to my wisdom,
pay close attention 2 to my understanding,
2 in order to safeguard 3 discretion, 4
and that your lips may guard knowledge.
3 For the lips 5 of the adulterous woman drip honey,
and her seductive words 6 are smoother than olive oil,
4 but in the end 7 she is bitter 8 as wormwood, 9
sharp as a two-edged 10 sword.
5 Her feet go down to death;
her steps lead straight to the grave. 11
6 Lest 12 she should make level the path leading to life, 13
her paths are unstable 14 but she does not know it. 15
7 So now, children, 16 listen to me;
do not turn aside from the words I speak. 17
8 Keep yourself 18 far 19 from her,
and do not go near the door of her house,
9 lest you give your vigor 20 to others
and your years to a cruel person,
10 lest strangers devour 21 your strength, 22
and your labor 23 benefit 24 another man’s house.
11 And at the end of your life 25 you will groan 26
when your flesh and your body are wasted away. 27
12 And you will say, “How I hated discipline!
My heart spurned reproof!
13 For 28 I did not obey my teachers 29
and I did not heed 30 my instructors. 31
14 I almost 32 came to complete ruin 33
in the midst of the whole congregation!” 34
15 Drink water from your own cistern
and running water from your own well. 35
16 Should your springs be dispersed 36 outside,
your streams of water in the wide plazas?
17 Let them be for yourself 37 alone,
and not for strangers with you. 38
18 May your fountain be blessed, 39
and may you rejoice 40 in your young wife 41 –
19 a loving doe, 42 a graceful deer;
may her breasts satisfy you at all times,
may you be captivated 43 by her love always.
20 But why should you be captivated, 44 my son, by an adulteress,
and embrace the bosom of a different woman? 45
21 For the ways of a person 46 are in front of the Lord’s eyes,
and the Lord 47 weighs 48 all that person’s 49 paths.
22 The wicked 50 will be captured by his 51 own iniquities, 52
and he will be held 53 by the cords of his own sin. 54
23 He will die because 55 there was no discipline;
because of the greatness of his folly 56 he will reel. 57