and pay attention in order to gain understanding.
Do not abandon my teachings.
when I was a tender and only child of my mother,
“Cling to my words wholeheartedly.
Obey my commands so that you may live.
Do not forget.
Do not turn away from the words that I have spoken.
Love wisdom, and it will protect you.
Acquire understanding with all that you have.
It will raise you up.
It will bring you honor when you embrace it.
It will hand you a beautiful crown.”
10 My son,
listen and accept my words,
and they will multiply the years of your life.
enclose words that the translation team supplied because the context contains meaning that is not explicitly stated in the original language.