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Listen, sons, to a father’s discipline,ac

and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,

for I am giving you good instruction.ad

Don’t abandon my teaching.

When I was a son with my father,

tender and precious to my mother,

he taught me and said,

“Your heart must hold on to my words.

Keep my commands and live.ae

Get wisdom, get understanding;af

don’t forget or turn away from the words from my mouth.

Don’t abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you;

love her,ag and she will guard you.

Wisdom is supreme—so get wisdom.

And whatever else you get, get understanding.ah

Cherish her, and she will exalt you;

if you embrace her, she will honor you.a

She will place a garland of favor on your head;

she will give you a crown of beauty.”b


10 Listen, my son. Accept my words,c

and you will live many years.d

11 I am teaching you the way of wisdom;

I am guiding you on straight paths.e

12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered;f

when you run, you will not stumble.g

13 Hold on to instruction; don’t let go.h

Guard it, for it is your life.

14 Keep off the path of the wicked;i

don’t proceed on the way of evil ones.

15 Avoid it; don’t travel on it.

Turn away from it, and pass it by.

16 For they can’t sleep

unless they have done what is evil;

they are robbed of sleep

unless they make someone stumble.j

17 They eat the bread of wickedness

and drink the wine of violence.

18 The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,k

shining brighter and brighter until midday.

19 But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom;l

they don’t know what makes them stumble.m


20 My son, pay attention to my words;

listen closely to my sayings.n

21 Don’t lose sight of them;o

keep them within your heart.

22 For they are life to those who find them,

and health to one’s whole body.

23 Guard your heart above all else,A

for it is the source of life.p

24 Don’t let your mouth speak dishonestly,q

and don’t let your lips talk deviously.

25 Let your eyes look forward;

fix your gazeB straight ahead.r

26 Carefully consider the pathC for your feet,s

and all your ways will be established.

27 Don’t turn to the right or to the left;t

keep your feet away from evil.


About Christian Standard Bible

The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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