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1 Hear, ye children, the instruction
of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2 For I give you good doctrine,
forsake ye not my law.
3 For I was my fatherís son,
tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4 He taught me also, and said unto
me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding:
forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall
preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
7 Wisdom is the principal
thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote
thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head an
ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my
sayings; and the 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 When thou goest, thy steps shall
not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction;
let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
14 Enter not into the path of the
wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn
from it, and pass away.
16 For they sleep not, except they
have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some
17 For they eat the bread of
wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is
as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is
as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20 My son, attend to my words;
incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine
eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto
those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep thy heart with all
diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward
mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and
let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and
let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to
the left: remove thy foot from evil.
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