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;
5 wMy son, be attentive to my wisdom;
xincline your ear to my understanding,
2 that you may keep ydiscretion,
and your lips may zguard knowledge.
5 Her feet ggo down to death;
her steps follow the path to6 Sheol;
6 she hdoes not ponder the path of life;
7 And inow, O sons, listen to me,
and your jlabors go to the house of a foreigner,
11 and at the end of your life you kgroan,
12 and you say, l“How I hated discipline,
and my heart mdespised reproof!
14 nI am at the brink of utter ruin
15 Drink owater from your own cistern,
16 Should your psprings be scattered abroad,
streams of water qin the streets?
17 rLet them be for yourself alone,
18 Let your ofountain be blessed,
19 a lovely udeer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts vfill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated7 always in her love.
20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with wa forbidden woman
23 cHe dies for lack of discipline,
and because of his great folly he is dled astray.
6 My son, if you have put up esecurity for your neighbor,
have egiven your pledge for a stranger,
2 if you are fsnared in the words of your mouth,
4 hGive your eyes no sleep
5 save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,11
ilike a bird from the hand of the fowler.
consider her ways, and mbe wise.
7 nWithout having any chief,
oofficer, or ruler,
8 she prepares her bread pin summer
and qgathers her food in harvest.
10 sA little sleep, a little slumber,
11 uand poverty will come upon you like a robber,
12 vA worthless person, a wicked man,
goes about with wcrooked speech,
continually asowing discord;
16 There are dsix things that the Lord hates,
dseven that are an abomination to him:
and ghands that shed innocent blood,
18 ha heart that devises wicked plans,
ifeet that make haste to run to evil,
and one who asows discord among brothers.
20 lMy son, keep your father's commandment,
land forsake not your mother's teaching.
21 mBind them on your heart always;
ntie them around your neck.
23 For the commandment is qa lamp and the teaching a light,
and the rreproofs of discipline are the way of life,
24 to preserve you from the evil woman,14
25 tDo not desire her beauty in your heart,
and do not let her capture you with her ueyelashes;
28 Or can one awalk on hot coals
none who touches her bwill go unpunished.
to csatisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
34 For fjealousy makes a man furious,
and he will not spare when ghe takes revenge.