1Hear, children, fatherly instruction; pay attention to gain understanding. 2I’ll teach you well. Don’t abandon my instruction. 3When I was a son to my father, tender and my mother’s favorite, 4he taught me and said to me: "Let your heart hold on to my words: Keep my commands and live. 5Get wisdom; get understanding. Don’t forget and don’t turn away from my words. 6Don’t abandon her, and she will guard you. Love her, and she will protect you. 7The beginning of wisdom: Get wisdom! Get understanding before anything else. 8Highly esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will honor you if you embrace her. 9She will place a graceful wreath on your head; she will give you a glorious crown."