1Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, And attend to know understanding. 2For I give you good doctrine, Forsake ye not my law. 3For I was my father's son, Tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: Keep my commandments, and live. 5Get wisdom, get understanding: Forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: Love her, and she shall keep thee. 7Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: And with all thy getting get understanding. 8Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: She shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. 9She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: A crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.