1My son, don’t forget my teaching,
keep my commands in your heart;
2for they will add to you many days,
years of life and peace.
3Do not let grace and truth leave you —
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Then you will win favor and esteem
in the sight of God and of people.
5Trust in Adonai with all your heart;
do not rely on your own understanding.
6In all your ways acknowledge him;
then he will level your paths.
7Don’t be conceited about your own wisdom;
but fear Adonai, and turn from evil.
8This will bring health to your body
and give strength to your bones.
9Honor Adonai with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your income.
10Then your granaries will be filled
and your vats overflow with new wine.
11My son, don’t despise Adonai’s discipline
or resent his reproof;
12for Adonai corrects those he loves
like a father who delights in his son.
13Happy the person who finds wisdom,
the person who acquires understanding;
14for her profit exceeds that of silver,
gaining her is better than gold,
15she is more precious than pearls —
nothing you want can compare with her.
16Long life is in her right hand,
riches and honor in her left.
17Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
18She is a tree of life to those who grasp her;
whoever holds fast to her will be made happy.
19Adonai by wisdom founded the earth,
by understanding he established the heavens,
20by his knowledge the deep [springs] burst open
and the dew condenses from the sky.
21My son, don’t let these slip from your sight;
preserve common sense and discretion;
22they will be life for your being
and grace for your neck.
23Then you will walk your way securely,
without hurting your foot.
24When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25Don’t be afraid of sudden terror or destruction
caused by the wicked, when it comes;
26for you can rely on Adonai;
he will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.
27Don’t withhold good from someone entitled to it
when you have in hand the power to do it.
28Don’t tell your neighbor, “Go away! Come another time;
I’ll give it to you tomorrow,” when you have it now.
29Don’t plan harm against your neighbor
who lives beside you trustingly.
30Don’t quarrel with someone for no reason,
if he has done you no harm.
31Don’t envy a man of violence,
don’t choose any of his ways;
32for the perverse is an abomination to Adonai,
but he shares his secret counsel with the upright.
33Adonai’s curse is in the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the righteous.
34The scornful he scorns,
but gives grace to the humble.
35The wise win honor,
but fools win shame.