My son! my law forget not, And my commands let thy heart
For length of days and years, Life and peace they do add to
Let not kindness and truth forsake thee, Bind them on thy
neck, Write them on the tablet of thy heart,
And find grace and good understanding In the eyes of God and
Trust unto Jehovah with all thy heart, And unto thine own
understanding lean not.
In all thy ways know thou Him, And He doth make straight thy
Be not wise in thine own eyes, Fear Jehovah, and turn aside
Healing it is to thy navel, And moistening to thy bones.
Honour Jehovah from thy substance, And from the beginning of
all thine increase;
And filled are thy barns with plenty, And with
new wine thy presses break forth.
Chastisement of Jehovah, my son, despise not, And be not
vexed with His reproof,
For whom Jehovah loveth He reproveth, Even as a father the
son He is pleased with.
O the happiness of a man who hath found wisdom, And
of a man who bringeth forth understanding.
For better is her merchandise Than the merchandise of
silver, And than gold -- her increase.
Precious she is above rubies, And all thy pleasures
are not comparable to her.
Length of days is in her right hand, In her left are
wealth and honour.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are
A tree of life she is to those laying hold on her,
And whoso is retaining her is happy.
Jehovah by wisdom did found the earth, He prepared the
heavens by understanding.
By His knowledge depths have been rent, And clouds do drop dew.
My son! let them not turn from thine eyes, Keep thou wisdom
And they are life to thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
Then thou goest thy way confidently, And thy foot doth not
If thou liest down, thou art not afraid, Yea, thou hast lain
down, And sweet hath been thy sleep.
Be not afraid of sudden fear, And of the desolation of the
wicked when it cometh.
For Jehovah is at thy side, And He hath kept thy foot from
Withhold not good from its owners, When thy hand is
toward God to do it.
Say not thou to thy friend, 'Go, and return, and to-morrow I
give,' And substance with thee.
Devise not against thy neighbour evil, And he sitting
confidently with thee.
Strive not with a man without cause, If he have not done
Be not envious of a man of violence, Nor fix thou on any of
For an abomination to Jehovah is the perverted, And
with the upright is His secret counsel.
The curse of Jehovah is in the house of the wicked.
And the habitation of the righteous He blesseth.
If the scorners He doth scorn, Yet to the humble He doth
Honour do the wise inherit, And fools are bearing away