Listen to my correction, my sons,
for I speak to you as your father.
Let discernment enter your heart
and you will grow wise with the understanding I impart.
My revelation-truth is a gift to you,
so remain faithful to my instruction.
For I, too, was once the delight of my father
and cherished by my mother, their beloved child.
Then my father taught me, saying,
“Never forget my words.
If you do everything that I teach you, you will reign in life.”
So make wisdom your quest—
search for the revelation of life’s meaning.
Don’t let what I say go in one ear and out the other.
Stick with wisdom and she will stick to you,
protecting you throughout your days.
She will rescue all those who passionately listen to her voice.
Wisdom is the most valuable commodity—so buy it!
Revelation knowledge is what you need—so invest in it!
Wisdom will exalt you when you exalt her truth.
She will lead you to honor and favor
when you live your life by her insights.
You will be adorned with beauty and grace,
and wisdom’s glory will wrap itself around you,
making you victorious in the race.
My son, if you will take the time to stop and listen to me
and embrace what I say,
you will live a long and happy life
full of understanding in every way.
I have taken you by the hand in wisdom’s ways,
pointing you to the path of integrity.
Your progress will have no limits when you come along with me,
and you will never stumble as you walk along the way.
So receive my correction no matter how hard it is to swallow,
for wisdom will snap you back into place—
her words will be invigorating life to you.
Do not detour into darkness or even set foot on that path.
Stay away from it; don’t even go there!
For troublemakers are restless if they are not involved in evil.
They are not satisfied until they have brought someone harm.
They feed on darkness and drink
until they’re drunk on the wine of wickedness.
But the lovers of God walk on the highway of light,
and their way shines brighter and brighter
until they bring forth the perfect day.
But the wicked walk in thick darkness,
like those who travel in fog,
and yet don’t have a clue why they keep stumbling!
Listen carefully, my dear child, to everything that I teach you,
and pay attention to all that I have to say.
Fill your thoughts with my words
until they penetrate deep into your spirit.
Then, as you unwrap my words,
they will impart true life and radiant health
into the very core of your being.
So above all, guard the affections of your heart,
for they affect all that you are.
Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being,
for from there flows the wellspring of life.
Avoid dishonest speech and pretentious words.
Be free from using perverse words no matter what!
Set your gaze on the path before you.
With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead,
ignore life’s distractions.