1Beni (my son), forget not my torah; but let thine lev keep my mitzvot; 2For orekh yamim (length of days), and shnot chayyim, and shalom, shall they add to thee. 3Let not chesed and emes forsake thee; bind them about thy neck; write them upon the luach (tablet) of thine lev; 4So shalt thou find chen and seichel tov in the eyes of Elohim and adam. 5Trust in Hashem with all thine lev, and lean not unto thine own binah (understanding). 6In all thy drakhim acknowledge Him, and He shall make yosher thy orkhot (paths). 7Be not chacham in thine own eyes; fear Hashem, and depart from rah. 8It shall be rife'ut (health) to thy navel, and marrow to thy atzmot. 9Honor Hashem with thy substance, and with the reshit (firstfruit) of all thine increase; 10So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy vats shall burst out with tirosh. 11Beni (my son), despise not the musar Hashem; neither be weary of His tokhakhah (reproof); 12For whom Hashem loveth, He correcteth; even as an av the ben in whom he delighteth. 13Ashrei (happy) is the man that findeth chochmah, and the man that getteth tevunah (understanding). 14For the gain of it is better than the gain of kesef, and the increase thereof than fine gold. 15She is more precious than peninim (pearls); and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. 16Orekh yamim is in her right hand; and in her left hand osher and kavod. 17Her drakhim are drakhim of pleasantness, and all her netivot (trodden paths) are shalom. 18She is an Etz Chayyim (Tree of Life) to them that lay hold upon her; and me'usher (blessed) is every one that holdeth her fast. 19Hashem by chochmah hath founded Eretz (Earth); by tevunah (understanding) hath He established Shomayim. 20By His da'as (knowledge) the tehomot (oceanic depths) were divided, and the clouds drop down the tal (dew). 21Beni (my son), let not them depart from thine eyes; keep sound judgment and mezimah (discretion); 22So shall they be chayyim unto thy nefesh, and chen to thy neck. 23Then shalt thou walk in thy derech safely, and thy regel shall not stumble. 24When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid; when thou liest down, thy sheynah (sleep) shall be sweet. 25Be not afraid of sudden pachad (terror), neither of the desolation of the resha'im (wicked ones), when it cometh. 26For Hashem shall be thy confidence, and shall be shomer over thy regel from the snare. 27Withhold not tov from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine yad to do it. 28Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again, and makhar (tomorrow) I will give; when thou hast it by thee. 29Devise not ra'ah against thy re'a, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. 30Strive not with adam without cause, if he have done thee no ra'ah. 31Envy thou not the ish chamas, and choose none of his drakhim. 32For the perverse person is to'avat (detestable) to Hashem; but His sod (secret, intimate counsel) is with the yesharim (upright ones). 33The curse of Hashem is in the bais of the rasha; but He puts a bracha on the dwelling of the tzaddikim. 34Surely He scorneth the scorners; but He giveth chen (grace, favor) unto the anayim (lowly, humble ones). 35The chachamim shall inherit kavod, but shame shall be the promotion of kesilim (fools).
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