And if it be displeasing in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom ye will serve: whether the gods which your fathers that were on the other side of the river served, or the gods of the Emorites, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
The crown of old men are childrens children; and the ornament of children are their fathers.
But the kindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting over those that fear him, and his righteousness unto childrens children,
To such as keep his covenant, and to those who remember his precepts to execute them.
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.
Enjoy life with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which God hath given thee under the sun, yea, all the days of thy vanity; for this is thy portion in this life, and in thy toil with which thou toilest under the sun.
Prepare without thy work, and make it fit in the field for thyself: and afterward build thy house.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heaven, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
A friend loveth at all times, and as a brother is he born for the time of distress.
Train up the lad in accordance with his course: even when he groweth old, will he not depart from it.
A mans many companions are hurtful to him; but there is many a friend that cleaveth closer than a brother.
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son causeth his father to rejoice; but a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
Honor thy father and thy mother; in order that thy days may be prolonged upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thy heart:
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.
Thy own friend, and thy fathers friend, thou must not forsake; but into thy brothers house enter not on the day of thy calamity: better is a near neighbor than a distant brother.
He that is greedy after gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts will live.
Keep, O my son, the commandment of thy father, and reject not the teaching of thy mother:
Therefore doth a man leave his father and his mother, and cleave unto his wife, and they become one flesh.
My son, If thy heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
3 Lo, children are an inheritance from the Lord: a reward is the fruit of the body.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of youth.
5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver filled with them: they shall not be put to shame, when they do speak with the enemies in the gate.
The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers; oh may he not leave us, nor forsake us;
He that troubleth his own house will inherit the wind; and the fool will become the servant to the wise of heart.
The father of the righteous will be greatly glad, and he that begetteth a wise child will have joy through him.
Can a woman forget her sucking child, not to have mercy on the son of her body? yea, should these even forget, yet would I not forget thee.
Behold, upon the palms of my hands have I engraved thee; thy walls are continually before me.
A song of the degrees by David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is when brethren dwell closely together in union!