4 Hear, amy children, the instruction of a father,
And give attention to know understanding;
Do not forsake my law.
bTender and the only one in the sight of my mother,
4 cHe also taught me, and said to me:
“Let your heart retain my words;
dKeep my commands, and live.
5 eGet wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
fLove her, and she will keep you.
7 gWisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
8 hExalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
9 She will place on your head ian ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”
jAnd the years of your life will be many.
11 I have ktaught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in right paths.
12 When you walk, lyour steps will not be hindered,
mAnd when you run, you will not stumble.
Keep her, for she is your life.
14 nDo not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 oFor they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is 1taken away unless they make someone fall.
And drink the wine of violence.
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19 rThe way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know what makes them stumble.
Incline your ear to my sayings.
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
And health to all their flesh.
For out of it spring the issues of slife.
24 Put away from you a 3deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
And your eyelids look right before you.
26 Ponder the path of your tfeet,
And let all your ways be established.
Remove your foot from evil.
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