The commencement of wisdom is the fear of the Lord; and the knowledge of the Most Holy One is understanding.
And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers; and there arose another generation after them, who knew not the Lord, and likewise not the deeds which he had done for Israel.
Lay fast hold of correction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and step not on the way of the bad.
Hear, my son, the instruction of thy father, and cast not off the teaching of thy mother;
For a wreath of grace are they unto thy head, and chains for thy throat.
20 Keep, O my son, the commandment of thy father, and reject not the teaching of thy mother:
21 Bind them upon thy heart continually, tie them about thy throat.
22 When thou walkest, it shall lead thee; when thou liest down, it shall watch over thee; and when thou art awake, it shall converse with thee.
23 For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light; and the way of life are the admonitions of correction:
1 A Maskil of Assaph. Give ear, O my people, to my instruction: incline thy ear to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open with a parable my mouth: I will utter riddles out of ancient times;
3 Which we have heard and know, and which our fathers have related unto us.
4 We will not conceal them from their children, relating to the latest generation the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful deeds which he hath done.
23 Above all that is to be guarded, keep thy heart, for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Remove from thee frowardness of mouth; and perverseness of lips put away far from thee.
25 Let thy eyes look right forward, and let thy eyelids see straight out before thee.
26 Balance well the track of thy foot, and let all thy ways be firmly right.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
The instruction of the wise is a source of life, teaching to avoid the snares of death.
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, the king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to comprehend the sayings of understanding;
3 To accept the instruction of intelligence, righteousness, and justice, and equity;
4 To give to the simple prudence, to the youth knowledge and discretion.
5 The wise will hear, and will increase his information; and the man of understanding will obtain wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and a sage sentence; the words of the wise, and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: wisdom and instruction fools alone despise.
5 Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding: forget not, and depart not from the sayings of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she will watch over thee: love her, and she will keep thee.
7 The beginning of wisdom is, Acquire wisdom: and with all thy acquisition acquire understanding.
8 Hold her in high esteem, and she will exalt thee: she will bring thee to honor, when thou embracest her.
5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thy heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and thou shalt speak of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.