Security in Wisdom
1Hear, my children, the instruction of a father,
And give attention to know understanding;
2For I give you good doctrine:
Do not forsake my law.
3When I was my father’s son,
Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,
4He also taught me, and said to me:
“Let your heart retain my words;
Keep my commands, and live.
5Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
6Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you.
7Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
8Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
9She will place on your head an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”
10Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
And the years of your life will be many.
11I have taught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in right paths.
12When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,
And when you run, you will not stumble.
13Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life.
14Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
15Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is 4:16 Lit. robbedtaken away unless they make someone fall.
17For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.
18But the path of the just is like the shining 4:18 Lit. lightsun,
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know what makes them stumble.
20My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
23Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
24Put away from you a 4:24 deviousdeceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
25Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
26Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
27Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.
New King James Version®, Copyright© 1982, Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.