1 My child,* never forget the things I have taught you.
Store my commands in your heart.
and your life will be satisfying.
Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
and you will earn a good reputation.
do not depend on your own understanding.
and he will show you which path to take.
Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
and strength for your bones.
and with the best part of everything you produce.
and your vats will overflow with good wine.
and don’t be upset when he corrects you.
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.*
the one who gains understanding.
and her wages are better than gold.
nothing you desire can compare with her.
and riches and honor in her left.
all her ways are satisfying.
happy are those who hold her tightly.
by understanding he created the heavens.
and the dew settles beneath the night sky.
Hang on to them,
They are like jewels on a necklace.
and your feet will not stumble.
you will lie down and sleep soundly.
or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,
He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.
when it’s in your power to help them.
“Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”
for those who live nearby trust you.
when no one has done you harm.
or copy their ways.
but he offers his friendship to the godly.
but he blesses the home of the upright.
but is gracious to the humble.*
but fools are put to shame!
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