1My son, do not forget my Torah, And let your heart watch over my commands;
2For length of days and long life And peace they add to you.
3Let not loving-commitment and truth forsake you – Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart,
4Thus finding favour and good insight In the eyes of Elohim and man.
5Trust in יהוה with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
6Know Him in all your ways, And He makes all your paths straight.
7Do not be wise in your own eyes;#See Isa. 5:21 Fear יהוה and turn away from evil.#Job 28:28
8It is healing to your navel, And moistening to your bones.
9Esteem יהוה with your goods, And with the first-fruits of all your increase;
10Then your storehouses shall be filled with plenty, And your vats overflow with new wine.
11My son, do not despise the discipline of יהוה, And do not loathe His reproof;
12For whom יהוה loves He reproves, As a father the son whom he delights in.#Verses 11-12 are quoted in Heb. 12:5, 6
13Blessed is the man who has found wisdom, And the man who gets understanding;
14For the gain from it is better Than gain from silver, And its increase than fine gold.
15She is more precious than rubies, And all your delights are not comparable to her.
16Length of days is in her right hand, Riches and esteem in her left hand.
17Her ways are pleasant ways, And all her paths are peace.
18She is a tree of life to those taking hold of her, And blessed are all who retain her.
19יהוה founded the earth by wisdom; He established the heavens by understanding;
20By His knowledge the depths were broken up, And clouds drop down dew.
21My son, let them not depart from your eyes; Watch over sound wisdom and discretion;
22Then they become life to your being And an adorning to your neck.
23Then you would walk safely in your way, And your foot would not stumble.
24When you lie down, you need not be afraid. And you shall lie down and your sleep shall be sweet.
25Do not be afraid of sudden dread, Nor of the ruin of the wrong when it comes;
26For יהוה is at your side, And He shall guard your foot from being caught.
27Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
28Do not say to your neighbour, “Go, and come back, and tomorrow I give it,” When you have it with you.
29Do not plan evil against your neighbour, Seeing he dwells safely beside you.
30Do not strive with a man without cause, If he has done you no evil.
31Do not envy a cruel man, And choose none of his ways;
32For the perverse one is an abomination to יהוה, And His secret counsel is with the straight.
33The curse of יהוה is on the house of the wrong, But He blesses the home of the righteous.
34He certainly scoffs the scoffers, But gives favour to the humble.
35The wise do inherit esteem, But fools are bearing away shame!