Advice to Children
1My child, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in mind.
2Then you will live a long time,
and your life will be successful.
3Don’t ever forget kindness and truth.
Wear them like a necklace.
Write them on your heart as if on a tablet.
4Then you will be respected
and will please both God and people.
5Trust the Lord with all your heart,
and don’t depend on your own understanding.
6Remember the Lord in all you do,
and he will give you success.
7Don’t depend on your own wisdom.
Respect the Lord and refuse to do wrong.
8Then your body will be healthy,
and your bones will be strong.
9Honor the Lord with your wealth
and the firstfruits from all your crops.
10Then your barns will be full,
and your wine barrels will overflow with new wine.
11My child, do not reject the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t get angry when he corrects you.
12The Lord corrects those he loves,
just as parents correct the child they delight in.
13Happy is the person who finds wisdom,
the one who gets understanding.
14Wisdom is worth more than silver;
it brings more profit than gold.
15Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
nothing you could want is equal to it.
16With her right hand wisdom offers you a long life,
and with her left hand she gives you riches and honor.
17Wisdom will make your life pleasant
and will bring you peace.
18As a tree produces fruit, wisdom gives life to those who use it,
and everyone who uses it will be happy.
19The Lord made the earth, using his wisdom.
He set the sky in place, using his understanding.
20With his knowledge, he made springs flow into rivers
and the clouds drop rain on the earth.
21My child, hold on to wisdom and good sense.
Don’t let them out of your sight.
22They will give you life
and beauty like a necklace around your neck.
23Then you will go your way in safety,
and you will not get hurt.
24When you lie down, you won’t be afraid;
when you lie down, you will sleep in peace.
25You won’t be afraid of sudden trouble;
you won’t fear the ruin that comes to the wicked,
26because the Lord will keep you safe.
He will keep you from being trapped.
27Whenever you are able,
do good to people who need help.
28If you have what your neighbor asks for,
don’t say, “Come back later.
I will give it to you tomorrow.”
29Don’t make plans to hurt your neighbor
who lives nearby and trusts you.
30Don’t accuse a person for no good reason;
don’t accuse someone who has not harmed you.
31Don’t be jealous of those who use violence,
and don’t choose to be like them.
32The Lord hates those who do wrong,
but he is a friend to those who are honest.
33The Lord will curse the evil person’s house,
but he will bless the home of those who do right.
34The Lord laughs at those who laugh at him,
but he gives grace to those who are not proud.
35Wise people will receive honor,
but fools will be disgraced.