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.
Even a child maketh himself known by his doings, whether his work will be pure, and whether it will be upright.
For thou art my hope, O Lord Eternal: thou art my trust from my youth.
Though youths should grow faint and be weary, and young men should utterly stumble:
Yet they that wait upon the Lord shall acquire new strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk, and not become faint.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, to observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant hath commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left; in order that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, in order that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then shalt thou make thy way prosperous, and then shalt thou have good success.
9 Behold, I have commanded thee, Be strong and of good courage; be not dismayed, neither be thou discouraged; for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
And remove vexation from thy heart, and cause evil to pass away from thy body; for childhood and the time when the head is black are vanity.
In my heart have I treasured up thy saying, in order that I may not sin against thee.
Young men and also virgins; old men, together with boys:
Let them praise the name of the Lord; for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven.
BETH. Wherewithal shall a youth keep his way pure? by guarding it according to thy word.
17 But as regardeth all these four lads, God gave them knowledge and intelligence in all learning and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
18 And at the end of the days after which the king had said that they should be presented, the chief of the eunuchs presented them before Nebuchadnezzar.
19 And the king spoke with them; and there was not found among them all any one like Daniel, Chananyah, Mishael, and Azaryah: and so they served before the king.
Better is a poor and a wise youth than an old and foolish king, who knoweth not how to be admonished any more.
But remember also thy Creator in the days of thy youthful vigor, while the evil days are not yet come, nor those years draw nigh of which thou wilt say, I have no pleasure in them;
1 But remember also thy Creator in the days of thy youthful vigor, while the evil days are not yet come, nor those years draw nigh of which thou wilt say, I have no pleasure in them;
2 While the sun, and the light, and the moon, and the stars, are not yet darkened, and the clouds return not again after the rain;
3 On the day when the watchmen of the house will tremble and the men of might will bend themselves, and the grinders stand idle, because they are become few, and those be darkened that look through the windows;
19 Hear thou, my son, and become wise, and guide thy heart on the right way.
20 Be not among those that drink wine immoderately, among those that overindulge in eating flesh:
21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty; and drowsiness clotheth a man in rags.
22 Hearken unto thy father that hath begotten thee, and despise not thy mother although she be old.
And it shall come to pass after this, that I will pour out my spirit over all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy: your old men shall dream dreams: your young men shall see visions:
And also over the menservants and over the maidservants in those days will I pour out my spirit.
Rejoice, O young man, in thy childhood; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youthful vigor, and walk firmly in the ways of thy heart, and in the direction which thy eyes see: but know thou, that concerning all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
The ornament of young men is their strength; and the glory of old men is a hoary head.
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth;
6 And I said, Ah, Lord Eternal! behold, I know not how to speak; for I am but a lad.
7 And the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am but a lad; but to whomsoever I may send thee shalt thou go, and whatsoever I may command thee shalt thou speak.
8 Be not afraid because of them; for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.
11 For I alone know the thoughts that I entertain respecting you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a happy future and hope.
12 And you will call upon me, and ye will go and will pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye will seek me, and shall find me, for ye will search for me with all your heart.
14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord; and I will bring back your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will cause you to return unto the place whence I have banished you.