1 My son, forget not thou my Law, but let thine heart keep my commandments.
2 For they shall increase the length of thy days and the years of life, and thy
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them on thy neck, and write them
upon the table of thine heart.
4 So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own wisdom.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy ways.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: but fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
8 So health shall be unto thy navel, and marrow unto thy bones.
9 Honor the Lord with thy riches, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase.
10 So shall thy barns be filled with abundance, and thy presses shall burst with
11 My son, refuse not the chastening of the Lord, neither be grieved with his
12 For the Lord correcteth him, whom he loveth, even as the father doeth the
child in whom he delighteth.
13 Blessed is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth
14 For the merchandise thereof is better than the merchandise of silver, and the
gain thereof is better than gold.
15 It is more precious than pearls: and all things that thou canst desire, are not to
be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand riches and glory.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasure, and all her paths prosperity.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her, and blessed is he that
19 The Lord by wisdom hath laid the foundation of the earth, and hath
established the heavens through understanding.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the
21 My son, let not these things depart from thine eyes, but observe wisdom, and
22 So they shall be life to thy soul, and grace unto thy neck.
23 Then shalt thou walk safely by thy way: and thy foot shall not stumble.
24 If thou sleepest, thou shalt not be afraid, and when thou sleepest, thy sleep
shall be sweet.
25 Thou shalt not fear for any sudden fear, neither for the destruction of the
wicked, when it cometh.
26 For the Lord shall be for thine assurance, and shall preserve thy foot from
27 Withhold not the good from the owners thereof, though there be power in thine
hand to do it.
28 Say not unto thy neighbor, Go and come again, and tomorrow will I give thee,
if thou now have it.
29 Intend none hurt against thy neighbor, seeing he doeth dwell without fear by
30 Strive not with a man causeless, when he hath done thee no harm.
31 Be not envious for the wicked man, neither choose any of his ways.
32 For the froward is abomination unto the Lord: but his secret is with the
33 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the
habitation of the righteous.
34 With the scornful he scorneth, but he giveth grace unto the humble.
35 The wise shall inherit glory: but fools dishonor, though they be exalted.