1 My son, do not forget my law. Let your heart obey my commandments.
2 My precepts will give you a long, peaceful, and prosperous life.
3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 You will find kindness and understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in Jehovah with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge recognize Him and He will make your paths straight.
7 Do not think you are wise enough. Respect Jehovah and turn away from evil.
8 This will make you healthy, and you will feel strong.
9 Honor Jehovah with your wealth and give him the best of all you have.
10 Your barns will be filled with plenty. Your vats will overflow with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise Jehovahs discipline or be weary of his correction.
12 For whom Jehovah loves He reproves, just like a father corrects the son he loves dearly. (Hebrews 12:6)
13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom. Happy is the man who gains understanding.
14 The profit from wisdom is better than the profit from silver. Her gain is better than fine gold.
15 She wisdom is more precious than pearls. Nothing you desire compares with wisdom.
16 Long life is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways. All her paths are peace.
18 She wisdom is a tree of life to those who hold her. Happy are all who keep her.
19 In wisdom Jehovah founded the earth. In understanding he established the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, do not let them depart from your eyes. Keep sound wisdom and discretion!
22 They will mean life to you and adornment to your neck.
23 You will walk in your way safely. Your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down you will not be afraid. Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden fear or trouble from the wicked when it comes.
26 Jehovah will be your confidence. He will keep your foot from stumbling.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in the power of your hand to do it.
28 If you can help them now, never tell your neighbors: »Wait until tomorrow.«
29 Do not plan anything that will hurt your neighbors. They live beside you, trusting you.
30 Argue with no one if they have never done you any harm.
31 Do not be jealous of violent people or decide to act as they do.
32 Jehovah hates people who do evil. He takes righteous people into his confidence.
33 Jehovah puts a curse on the homes of the wicked, but blesses the homes of the just.
34 He has no use for conceited people. He shows loving kindness to the humble.
35 Wise people will inherit glory. But disgrace is the legacy of stupid foolish people.