My son, do not forget my law,
a But let your heart keep my commands; 2 For length of days and long life
And b peace they will add to you.
Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
c Bind them around your neck,
d Write them on the tablet of your heart, 4 e And so find favor and 1 high esteem
In the sight of God and man.
f Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
g And lean not on your own understanding; 6 h In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall 2 direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own i eyes;
Fear the LORD and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your 3 flesh,
And j strength 4 to your bones.
k Honor the LORD with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase; 10 l So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
m My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
Nor detest His correction; 12 For whom the LORD loves He corrects,
n Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
o Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding; 14 p For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
And her gain than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies,
And q all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. 16 r Length of days is in her right hand,
In her left hand riches and honor. 17 s Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace. 18 She is t a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who 5 retain her.
u The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens; 20 By His knowledge the depths were v broken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.
My son, let them not depart from your eyes -
Keep sound wisdom and discretion; 22 So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck. 23 w Then you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble. 24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. 25 x Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 26 For the LORD will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught. 27 y Do not withhold good from 6 those to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
z Do not say to your neighbor,
"Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,"
When you have it with you. 29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
For he dwells by you for safety's sake. 30 a Do not strive with a man without cause,
If he has done you no harm. 31 b Do not envy the oppressor,
And choose none of his ways; 32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD,
c But His secret counsel is with the upright. 33 d The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked,
But e He blesses the home of the just. 34 f Surely He scorns the scornful,
But gives grace to the humble. 35 The wise shall inherit glory,
But shame shall be the legacy of fools.