4 fHear, O sons, a father's instruction,
2 for I give you good hprecepts;
4 he ktaught me and said to me,
l“Let your heart hold fast my words;
mkeep my commandments, and live.
olove her, and she will guard you.
7 pThe beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
and whatever you get, get ginsight.
9 She will place on your head sa graceful garland;
that uthe years of your life may be many.
11 I have vtaught you the way of wisdom;
12 When you walk, wyour step will not be hampered,
and xif you run, you will not stumble.
13 yKeep hold of instruction; do not let go;
guard her, for she is your zlife.
14 aDo not enter the path of the wicked,
16 For they bcannot sleep unless they have done wrong;
cand drink the wine of violence.
they do not know over what they jstumble.
20 kMy son, be attentive to my words;
21 lLet them not escape from your sight;
mkeep them within your heart.
22 For they are nlife to those who find them,
and healing to all their2 flesh.
24 Put away from you qcrooked speech,
and put rdevious talk far from you.
25 sLet your eyes look directly forward,
uthen all your ways will be sure.
27 vDo not swerve to the right or to the left;