1 Heare, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know vnderstanding.
2 For I giue you good doctrine: forsake you not my law.
3 For I was my fathers sonne, tender and onely beloued in the sight of my mother.
4 He taught me also, and said vnto me, Let thine heart reteine my wordes: keepe my commandements, and liue.
5 Get wisedome, get vnderstanding: forget it not, neither decline from the wordes of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserue thee: loue her, and she shall keepe thee.
7 Wisedome is the principall thing, therefore get wisedome: and with all thy getting, get vnderstanding.
8 Exalt her, and shee shall promote thee: shee shall bring thee to honour, when thou doest imbrace her.
9 She shall giue to thine head an ornament of grace, a crowne of glory shall she deliuer to thee.
10 Heare, O my sonne, and receiue my sayings: and the yeeres of thy life shalbe many.
11 I haue taught thee in the way of wisedome: I haue lead thee in right pathes.
12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitned, and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction, let her not goe; keepe her, for she is thy life.
14 ¶ Enter not into the path of the wicked, and goe not in the way of euill men.
15 Auoid it, passe not by it, turne from it, and passe away.
16 For they sleepe not except they haue done mischiefe: and their sleepe is taken away vnlesse they cause some to fall.
17 For they eate the bread of wickednesse, and drinke the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the iust is as the shining light that shineth more and more vnto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darknes: they know not at what they stumble.
20 ¶ My sonne, attend to my words, incline thine eare vnto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes: keepe them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life vnto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 ¶ Keepe thy heart with all diligence: for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and peruerse lips put farre from thee.
25 Let thine eyes looke right on, and let thine eye lids looke straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy wayes be established.
27 Turne not to the right hande nor to the left: remoue thy foot frō euil.