A Father’s Example1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s discipline a
and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,
2 for I am giving you good instruction. b
Don’t abandon my teaching.
3 When I was a son with my father,
tender and precious to my mother,
4 he taught me and said:
“Your heart must hold on to my words.
Keep my commands and live. c
5 Get wisdom, get understanding; d
don’t forget or turn away from the words of my mouth.
6 Don’t abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you;
love her, e and she will guard you.
7 Wisdom is supreme – so get wisdom.
And whatever else you get, get understanding. f
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
if you embrace her, she will honor you. g
9 She will place a garland of grace on your head;
she will give you a crown of beauty.” h
Two Ways of Life10 Listen, my son. Accept my words i
and you will live many years. j
11 I am teaching you the way of wisdom;
I am guiding you on straight paths. k
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered; l
when you run, you will not stumble. m
13 Hold on to instruction; don’t let go. n
Guard it, for it is your life.
14 Don’t set foot on the path of the wicked; o
don’t proceed in the way of evil ones.
15 Avoid it; don’t travel on it.
Turn away from it, and pass it by.
16 For they can’t sleep
unless they have done what is evil;
they are robbed of sleep
unless they make someone stumble. p
17 They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.
18 The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn q
shining brighter and brighter until midday.
19 But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom; r
they don’t know what makes them stumble. s
The Straight Path20 My son, pay attention to my words;
listen closely to my sayings. t
21 Don’t lose sight of them; u
keep them within your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them,
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Guard your heart above all else, ▼
▼Or heart with all diligence
for it is the source of life. w
24 Don’t let your mouth speak dishonestly x
and don’t let your lips talk deviously.
25 Let your eyes look forward;
fix your gaze ▼
▼Lit eyelidsstraight ahead. z
26 Carefully consider the path ▼
▼Or Clear a pathfor your feet ab
and all your ways will be established.
27 Don’t turn to the right or to the left; ac
keep your feet away from evil.
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