pay attention and gain understanding.d
so do not forsake my teaching.
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
“Take holde of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.f
5 Get wisdom,g get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;h
love her, and she will watch over you.i
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Geta wisdom.
embrace her, and she will honor you.l
and present you with a glorious crown.m”
10 Listen, my son,n accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.o
11 I instructp you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.q
when you run, you will not stumble.r
guard it well, for it is your life.s
or walk in the way of evildoers.t
turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil;u
they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
and drink the wine of violence.v
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.y
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;z
they do not know what makes them stumble.a
20 My son,b pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.c
21 Do not let them out of your sight,d
keep them within your heart;
and health to one’s whole body.e
23 Above all else, guardf your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.g
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyesh look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;j
keep your foot from evil.
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