Solomon to persuade obedience sheweth what instruction he had received from his parents, to study wisdom, and to shun the path of the wicked: he exhorteth to regard his admonitions, and to keep a guard upon the heart, and to be circumspect in all our ways.
1 HEAR, aye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2 For I give you bgood doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3 For cI was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4 He dtaught me also, and said unto me, eLet thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5 fGet wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither *decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: glove her, and she shall keep thee.
7 Wisdom is the hprincipal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
8 iExalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head jan ornament of grace: 1a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and kthe years of thy life shall be many.
11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
12 lWhen thou goest, thy steps shall not be *straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13 Take mfast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
14 ¶nEnter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15 oAvoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16 For pthey sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17 For qthey eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But rthe path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The sway of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20 ¶My son, tattend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 uLet them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
- u: Pr. 3:21
22 For vthey are life unto those that find them, and 2health to all their flesh.
23 ¶wKeep thy heart 3with all diligence; for out of it are the xissues of life.
24 yPut away from thee 4a *froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let zthine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 aPonder the path of thy feet, and 5let all thy ways be established.