1: My son, keep my teaching in your memory, and my rules in your heart: 2: For they will give you increase of days, years of life, and peace. 3: Let not mercy and good faith go from you; let them be hanging round your neck, recorded on your heart; 4: So you will have grace and a good name in the eyes of God and men. 5: Put all your hope in God, not looking to your reason for support. 6: In all your ways give ear to him, and he will make straight your footsteps. 7: Put no high value on your wisdom: let the fear of the Lord be before you, and keep yourself from evil: 8: This will give strength to your flesh, and new life to your bones. 9: Give honour to the Lord with your wealth, and with the first-fruits of all your increase: 10: So your store-houses will be full of grain, and your vessels overflowing with new wine. 11: My son, do not make your heart hard against the Lord's teaching; do not be made angry by his training: 12: For to those who are dear to him the Lord says sharp words, and makes the son in whom he has delight undergo pain. 13: Happy is the man who makes discovery of wisdom, and he who gets knowledge. 14: For trading in it is better than trading in silver, and its profit greater than bright gold. 15: She is of more value than jewels, and nothing for which you may have a desire is fair in comparison with her. 16: Long life is in her right hand, and in her left are wealth and honour. 17: Her ways are ways of delight, and all her goings are peace. 18: She is a tree of life to all who take her in their hands, and happy is everyone who keeps her. 19: The Lord by wisdom put in position the bases of the earth; by reason he put the heavens in their place. 20: By his knowledge the deep was parted, and dew came dropping from the skies. 21: My son, keep good sense, and do not let wise purpose go from your eyes. 22: So they will be life for your soul, and grace for your neck. 23: Then you will go safely on your way, and your feet will have no cause for slipping. 24: When you take your rest you will have no fear, and on your bed sleep will be sweet to you. 25: Have no fear of sudden danger, or of the storm which will come on evil-doers: 26: For the Lord will be your hope, and will keep your foot from being taken in the net. 27: Do not keep back good from those who have a right to it, when it is in the power of your hand to do it. 28: Say not to your neighbour, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when you have it by you at the time. 29: Do not make evil designs against your neighbour, when he is living with you without fear. 30: Do not take up a cause at law against a man for nothing, if he has done you no wrong. 31: Have no envy of the violent man, or take any of his ways as an example. 32: For the wrong-hearted man is hated by the Lord, but he is a friend to the upright. 33: The curse of the Lord is on the house of the evil-doer, but his blessing is on the tent of the upright. 34: He makes sport of the men of pride, but he gives grace to the gentle-hearted. 35: The wise will have glory for their heritage, but shame will be the reward of the foolish.