Security in Wisdom
1Hear, #Ps. 34:11; Prov. 1:8my children, the instruction of a father,
And give attention to know understanding;
2For I give you good doctrine:
Do not forsake my law.
3When I was my father’s son,
#1 Chr. 29:1Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,
4#1 Chr. 28:9; Eph. 6:4He also taught me, and said to me:
“Let your heart retain my words;
#Prov. 7:2Keep my commands, and live.
5#Prov. 2:2, 3Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
6Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
#2 Thess. 2:10Love her, and she will keep you.
7#Prov. 3:13, 14; Matt. 13:44Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
8#1 Sam. 2:30Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
9She will place on your head #Prov. 3:22an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”
10Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
#Prov. 3:2And the years of your life will be many.
11I have #1 Sam. 12:23taught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in right paths.
12When you walk, #Job 18:7; Ps. 18:36your steps will not be hindered,
#(Ps. 91:11); Prov. 3:23And when you run, you will not stumble.
13Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life.
14#Ps. 1:1; Prov. 1:15Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
15Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16#Ps. 36:4; Mic. 2:1For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.
17For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.
18#Is. 26:7; Matt. 5:14, 45; Phil. 2:15But the path of the just #2 Sam. 23:4is like the shining sun,
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19#1 Sam. 2:9; (Job 18:5, 6); Prov. 2:13; (Is. 59:9, 10; Jer. 23:12); John 12:35The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know what makes them stumble.
20My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
23Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of #(Matt. 12:34; 15:18, 19; Mark 7:21; Luke 6:45)life.
24Put away from you a deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
25Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
26Ponder the path of your #Prov. 5:21; Heb. 12:13feet,
And let all your ways be established.
27Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.