Wisdom is Supreme
1 Listen, my sons, to a fatherís
instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my
3 When I was a boy in my fatherís house, still tender,
and an only child of my mother,
4 he taught me and said, ďLay hold of my words with all
your heart; keep my commands and you will live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words
or swerve from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love
her, and she will watch over you.
7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it
cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and
she will honor you.
9 She will set a garland of grace on your head and
present you with a crown of splendor.Ē
10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of
your life will be many.
11 I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when
you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it
well, for it is your life.
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in
the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go
on your way.
16 For they cannot sleep till they do evil; they are
robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.
17 They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine
18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of
dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble.
20 My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely
to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within
22 for they are life to those who find them and health
to a manís whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the
wellspring of life.
24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt
talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze
directly before you.
26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways
that are firm.
27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your
foot from evil.